Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Cathy Woods

First Name Cathy
Last NameWoods
Year of Conviction1980
Year of Exoneration2005
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionNevada
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeMurder
Death SentenceNo
Life / LWOP sentenceLife without parole
Gender of ExonereeFemale
Race of exonereeWhite
Types of evidence at trial
  • Confession
Were non-public facts alleged?Yes
Examples of Non-Public or Corroborated Facts and Inconsistencies

‚óŹ Statement included that she offered to help victim fix her car, taken her to a garage, and cut her throat. BUT confessions made at psychiatric hospital.

Quotes from prosecution arguments

Apprellate court noted: "The State argued in its opening and closing statements that appellant’s confession had contained information which only the murderer could have known."

Interrogation RecordedWritten confession statement
Highest level reachedAppeal
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • State Law Evidence Claim
Claims granted, resulting in preexon. reversal
  • State Law Evidence Claim
Citations to judicial opinions

Woods v. State, 696 P.2d 464 (Nev. 1985)