Dunn CO. Murder Case Advances

In October, a jury of Dunn County residents will likely have to decide if Ezra McCandless, age 21 of Stanley, stabbed Alexander Woodworth, age 24 of Eau Claire, in self-defense, or if she intended to kill him without provocation.  Prosecutors and McCandless’ lawyers argued in Dunn County Court Tuesday about whether drawings of knives and several of Woodworth’s journals should be shown to a jury.  There’s no evidence McCandless created the drawings, except that they were found in her belongings.  Judge James Peterson did not rule out the drawings, but he warned prosecutors that he believed there are problems with introducing them as evidence without proof McCandless created them.  McCandles’ defense team also has argued that over 100 pages of Woodworth’s journals and writings should be allowed into the trial as evidence.  The journals had many references to cannibalism and some to death and suicide, according to court documents.            According to a criminal complaint, authorities found Woodworth dead in a vehicle in the town of Spring Brook on March 23, 2018. McCandless, who was found in Dunn County, later told authorities she cut the word “boy” into her arm after she stabbed Woodworth several times.  In court filings, prosecutors contend McCandless intentionally lured Woodworth to Dunn County and stabbed him.  McCandless’ attorneys have argued Woodworth attacked McCandless in the car on March 22, and she stabbed him in self-defense.