The murder retrial for the Yorkville man accused of shooting a Utica man to death in 2015 will begin April 2, according to the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office.
Twenty-year-old Ricky Woods Jr. was charged with second-degree murder and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon in connection to the 2015 shooting death of Jamal Mathis. On Dec. 19, 2015, police found Mathis dead of several gunshot wounds in a backyard on Leeds Street in Utica, allegedly following a party.
Woods’ first murder trial ended with a hung jury and a mistrial in Nov. 2017. The jury found Woods not guilty on the weapons charges, but they could not come to a unanimous decision on the murder charge.
In 2017 Woods was convicted of second-degree attempted murder, second-degree kidnapping and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for a Jan. 2, 2017 incident in which 20-year-old Khalil Gilmore was taken to a location against his will and shot when he tried to flee. He was arrested in connection to the 2015 murder after he had already been jailed in connection to the Jan. 2 incident.