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Cathy Woods to get $3 million settlement from City of Reno after wrongful conviction (podcast)

By Bob Conrad
Gypsy Hill killer Rodney Halbower was connected with Michelle Mitchell's murder in Reno. He's suspected to be Mitchell's real killer.

Cathy Woods spent more than 35 years in prison for a murder in Reno she did not commit. Michelle Mitchell, a University of Nevada student, was murdered just across from the UNR campus in 1976.

Local prosecutors went after a woman named Cathy Woods as the main suspect. Three years after Mitchell’s murder, Woods confessed to the crime. However, she suffers from schizophrenia, and DNA evidence ultimately exonerated her. She was released from prison in 2015. 

Evidence shows the real killer is — likely — Rodney Halbower, who is already serving time in prison. 

For this episode, we speak with former Reno Police Lieutenant J. Andre Boles, who is now a true crime writer. Boles has two books about true crime in Reno, Nevada. His latest is Monster on Gypsy Hill, about the Gypsy Hill murders committed by Halbower.

Since this interview was conducted, Woods is set to receive $3 million in a settlement with the City of Reno. Settlements have already been made with Washoe County, the State of Nevada and Shreveport, Louisiana. Total settlements will top $10 million dollars. Woods sued the Reno Police Department and the City for civil rights violations.

The Reno City Council will consider the settlement at its regularly scheduled council meeting.

Woods’ attorney issued the following statement: 

“Although there is no amount of money that could possibly compensate Cathy Woods for what she suffered as a result of being wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for over 35 years for a crime that she did not commit, the compensation will help her recover from this terrible ordeal.”

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Riley Long August 12, 2020 - 9:38 pm

Our “justice” system is literally filled with corrupt and evil people from judges and prosecutors down to the police. Innocent people are in prisons all over this country. Do you want to know how to stop this? If a convicted person is later found to be innocent, the cops and the district attorney who brought and presented the evidence to a judge must take the innocent persons place in prison and serve their original sentence. Wrongful convictions would be a thing of the past.

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