WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


Father Of Murdered Kanawha County Woman Talks About Daughter's Death

Reported: Feb. 25, 2014 10:33 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 26, 2014 6:49 AM EST
EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

News Image

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Stefano DiPietrantonio) -- Eyewitness News reached out to the parents of Eva Linda Woods and got some exclusive insight into the turmoil leading up to her death.

Woods' father, Everett Dixon, called her by her middle name, Linda, and said she had told her daughter Jessica once she was out of jail on burglary charges Feb. 6, that she could not come back to live at her house. Prior to Jessica Woods’ two-month incarceration, Dixon said, Jessica had stolen $7,000 from her mother's bank account. Woods never pressed charges against her daughter, but in the words of Dixon, they were “done.”

Nearly two weeks later, sheriff’s deputies found Linda Woods dead.

Eyewitness News went to a residence in search of the victim's parents. "We're trying to find Everett Dixon,” we asked as an elderly man opened the door with a smile. “Do we have the right apartment?" The man, Everett Dixon and his wife Barbara, let us in, but they are too upset to talk about their 59-year-old daughter on camera.

The Dixons are crushed by what has happened. Their granddaughter is accused of killing her own mother, but Everett Dixon said he is not surprised. He said Jessica spiraled out of control after losing her father a year ago, then got involved with bad people and was "using dope."

Everett Dixon said he went to Linda's house and found Jessica getting out of Linda's bed, and she claimed her mother had gone for a walk. Dixon said he already knew in his heart his daughter was gone.

During Jessica's arraignment on Monday, she was led into magistrate court by a sheriff's deputy. "Have a seat right here, OK?" the deputy instructed her. Jessica sat there handcuffed and wept. She tried to hide her face from cameras.

"You might as well look up,” the magistrate said. "You've got your 15 minutes of fame. Step on over this way. You understand that you've been charged with what is commonly called first-degree murder?"

Eyewitness News Reporter Bob Aaron asked her as she was led to jail, "Jessica, did you kill your mother?” “No," said Woods, her whisper barely audible.

If convicted, the 35-year-old faces life in prison -- a consequence her grandfather said she deserves.

"Good, that's where she belongs for killing my daughter," Everett Dixon said.

The details of how Linda Woods died are not clear yet. Jessica is charged with first-degree murder. Her boyfriend of two weeks, Shawn Legg, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder. Sheriff's deputies believe Linda Woods was murdered, and then her body was placed in a partially dug grave and locked inside a shed behind their house.

Neighbors can't believe Linda is gone.

"I've been coming over here since I was a kid and she was always the nicest old lady," Breaunna DeMoss said.

Now there are just memories and photos of Linda. One of those photos shows a
curious tattoo on Linda's forehead. Her father said it was a curly vine, something she had gotten a long time ago and would hide with her hair. There was a matching one on her leg.

It's a haunting image of a woman whose tragic death has left a family torn apart. Everett Dixon said he never wants to see his granddaughter again. He said he will not attend the trial and hopes she rots in prison for murdering his daughter.



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
Pierpont, WVU-Parkersburg Enter Transfer Agreement
News
Jul. 30, 2014 8:38 AM EDT
West Virginia University at Parkersburg has signed ...
Full News Story

Northbound Lanes Of East River Mountain Tunnel On I-77 To Remain Open
News
Jul. 30, 2014 8:19 AM EDT
The northbound lanes of the East River Mountain Tunnel ...
Full News Story

Another Tornado Confirmed In West Virgina
News
Jul. 30, 2014 8:10 AM EDT
Another tornado has been confirmed in West Virginia.
...
Full News Story


News Ex-WV Judge Reports To Florida Prison
Jul. 30, 2014 8:05 AM EDT
News Target Red Campaign Begins This Friday
Jul. 30, 2014 9:12 AM EDT
News Elderly Woman Fights Off Intruders
Jul. 30, 2014 9:06 AM EDT
News Small Businesses In Morris Building Recovering After Fire
Jul. 29, 2014 11:37 PM EDT
News West Virginians Helping Detroit Residents Without Water
Jul. 30, 2014 8:26 AM EDT
News Proposal Would Create Man-Made Lake At Coonskin Park
Jul. 29, 2014 6:40 PM EDT
News State Police Arrest Dozen In Warrant Roundup In Boone County
Jul. 29, 2014 6:21 PM EDT
News Two New Businesses Opening In Putnam County
Jul. 30, 2014 8:57 AM EDT
News Clendenin Man Pleads Guilty To Sexually Abusing Two Relatives
Jul. 29, 2014 8:22 PM EDT
News WV Attorney General Sues Obama Administration Over Health Care Law Fixes
Jul. 29, 2014 6:02 PM EDT
News Bond Doubled For Man Accused Of Shooting Charleston Bouncer
Jul. 29, 2014 5:53 PM EDT
News New Jobs Coming Through Two Lawrence County Businesses
Jul. 29, 2014 5:50 PM EDT
News Police Say Two Arrested After Home Invasion
Jul. 29, 2014 4:18 PM EDT
News Three Girls To Graduate From Listening, Language, Learning Program
Jul. 29, 2014 4:03 PM EDT
News Fruit Recall Affects Costco, Trader Joe's and Walmart Stores
Jul. 30, 2014 8:02 AM EDT
News West Virginia American Water To Conduct Public Tour
Jul. 29, 2014 12:51 PM EDT
News Charleston Distance Run Key Registration Deadlines Near
Jul. 29, 2014 12:15 PM EDT
News Charleston Police Respond To Gun Report, Temporarily Take AK-47 For Safekeeping
Jul. 29, 2014 12:45 PM EDT
News Representatives From WV, PA and Ohio To Participate In Pittsburgh Coal Rally
Jul. 29, 2014 12:42 PM EDT
News Volunteer West Virginia To Host 2014 Faces Of Leadership Conference
Jul. 29, 2014 12:28 PM EDT
News Nissan Expands Recall Prompted By Faulty Airbag
Jul. 29, 2014 10:41 AM EDT
News Proposal Calls For Backup Drinking Water Source At Coonskin Park
Jul. 29, 2014 10:21 AM EDT
News Police Say Man Arrested After Allegedly Stabbing Roommate In St. Albans
Jul. 29, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
News Freedom Industries Pays $11,000 Fine In Chemical Spill
Jul. 29, 2014 10:56 AM EDT
News Police Arrest Third Person In South Charleston Theft Cases
Jul. 29, 2014 1:21 PM EDT
News Capito To Speak At EPA Hearing
Jul. 29, 2014 8:58 AM EDT
News Huntington Fire Ruled Accidental
Jul. 29, 2014 9:28 AM EDT
News One Lane Of I-64 Eastbound Traffic Reopened After Vehicle Accident
Jul. 29, 2014 11:04 AM EDT
News Police Say Shots Fired In Charleston's East End
Jul. 29, 2014 9:25 AM EDT
News WV Man Sentenced To Five Years In Drug Gang Probe
Jul. 29, 2014 9:20 AM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
Deadline approaches for claims in W.Va. chem spill

Time is running out for residents and businesses affected by a January chemical spill in Charleston to file claims in federal bankruptcy court.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Social worker faces drug, misconduct charges

Police say a Lexington social worker is accused of using a child as a bargaining tool for discounts on illegal drugs.
Full Story

Ohio News
Ohio city names sites for immigrants, despite foes

A southwest Ohio city has told federal authorities it has two places that could be used to shelter children from Central America.
Full Story







Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site







Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.