Day 3 of 'Stand Your Ground' hearing for Florida man accused of killing 2

William Woodward says he shot men after being threatened

By Justin Warmoth - Anchor

TITUSVILLE, Fla. - Day three of a "stand your ground" hearing for a Titusville man accused of shooting three men, killing two, during a neighborhood feud, wrapped up Wednesday evening. 


William Woodward, 46, faces two charges of first-degree murder in the deaths of Gary Hembree and Roger Picior. . Another man, Bruce Blake, was shot 11 times in the incident, but survived.

Woodward's wife, Barbara, took the stand late Wednesday, and testified she didn't remember much about the night of the triple shooting, but in the weeks leading up to it she says those neighbors taunted and threatened her family so badly they feared for their safety.

"I was scared all the time," Barbara Woodward told a judge Wednesday. "I was scared to be home, but scared to be away from home. I was afraid something would happen when I wasn't there."

Surveillance video shown in court Wednesday morning appeared to show a succession of gunshots from Woodward's gun. In all, 31 shots were fired.

Blake's wife, Keri, also took the stand Wednesday. Defense attorneys went through the surveillance video with her, which was taken from Woodward's home, asking questions along the way about what led up to the shooting.

Both sides obviously putting the blame on the other, but for Mrs. Woodward, she believes her husband acted in self-defense.

"There were threats made to burn my house down and shoot my husband," she said.

Court resumes at 1 p.m. Thursday, and it'll be then when William Woodward is expected to take the stand. 

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