Jury finds Ricky Woods Jr. not guilty of murder

The Yorkville man on trial for a 2015 murder in Utica has been found not guilty.

Posted: Jul 3, 2018 10:15 AM
Updated: Jul 3, 2018 4:08 PM

UTICA – The Yorkville man on trial for a 2015 murder in Utica has been found not guilty.

Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara confirmed to NEWSChannel 2 on Tuesday morning that a jury has found Ricky Woods Jr. not guilty of second-degree murder.

Woods was charged with second-degree murder in connection to the shooting death of Jamal Mathis on Dec. 19, 2015. Mathis was found dead of several gunshot wounds in a backyard on Leeds Street, allegedly following a party.

At the end of Woods’ first trial in Nov. 2017, he was found not guilty on weapons charges but the jury could not come to a unanimous decision on the second-degree murder charge, so it ended with a mistrial.

Woods was charged in connection to Mathis’ death in March 2017, after he was already jailed in connection to a kidnapping and attempted murder incident that occurred on Jan. 2, 2017. In connection to that incident, Woods was convicted of second-degree attempted murder, second-degree kidnapping and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was sentenced to 20 years in state prison.

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