Malcolm Woods refuses to leave jail cell, waives right to appear at trial

Updated: February 05, 2020 07:06 PM
Created: February 05, 2020 10:01 AM

(ABC 6 News) - Malcolm Woods is waiving his constitutional right to appear at his own murder trial.

Woods refused to leave his jail cell Wednesday morning, despite conversations with his advisory counsel and detention deputies.


On Tuesday, Woods told the court he did not want to be a part of the trial any longer, but would take the night to think on it.

A detention deputy and advisory counsel testified Wednesday morning and described Woods as non-verbal, despondent and withdrawn.

Both testified he was told the trial would take place and encouraged to show up for it.

Woods is representing himself on first and second-degree murder charges in connection to a September 2018 shooting in southeast Rochester.

Although Woods has waived his right to be present for his own trial, he has not waived his right to self-representation, and his advisory counsel will not be stepping in for him unless he chooses to waive that right.

Judge Jacob Allen did say if Woods changes his mind, he will be allowed back in the courtroom.

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