The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Greenwood man who in 2015 poured hot grease on his wife, severely injuring her.

Kendall Woodson

Woodson

In a unanimous decision issued Thursday, the court agreed with Kendall Woodson’s court-appointed attorneys that he had no grounds for an appeal.

Woodson was convicted in 2017 of domestic aggravated assault and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Woodson, 42, is serving his time at the Holmes/

Humphreys County Correctional Facility in Lexington.

Woodson and his wife, Anita, had been married for 20 years at the time of the assault. The couple and their children lived at Delta Trailer Park.

According to the court record, Anita Woodson testified that she got home from work around 12:45 a.m. on Aug. 6, 2015. An argument ensued, and Anita Woodson told her husband she was going to leave him the next day.

After she went to sleep, she was awoken when Kendall Woodson pulled her up by the hair, began beating her and poured hot cooking oil on top of her head, while threatening to kill her. In addition to severe burns, Anita Woodson suffered a concussion from the beating.

Kendall Woodson fled the state and was captured a few weeks later in Oklahoma by U.S. Marshals with assistance from the Leflore County Sheriff’s Department.

A Leflore County jury acquitted him of attempted murder but convicted him of the lesser charge of domestic aggravated assault. In 2018, the trial court granted his request to file an appeal, but subsequently attorneys with the Office of State Public Defender communicated to the Supreme Court that Woodson’s appeal lacked merit. The court reviewed the record as well, and “we cannot find any arguable issue for appeal or reversible error committed by the trial court,” said Justice David Ishee, writing for the court in affirming the conviction.

Contact Tim Kalich at 581-7243 or tkalich@gwcommonwealth.com.

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