A former gay porn star who was convicted of murdering his parents just had his latest appeal rejected by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
31-year-old Brandon Dale Woodruff was convicted of murdering his parents in cold blood thirteen years ago.
Dennis and Norma Woodruff were found murdered in their home on October 16, 2005. They were discovered with multiple bullet and stab wounds to the face and neck. Woodruff was found guilty of the murders in 2009 after a 12-day trial and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
From the very beginning, he has maintained his innocence. Woodruff and his supporters claim rampant homophobia prevented investigators, prosecutors, the judge and the jury to give him fair trial.
OutSmart Magazine reports:
Prosecutors theorized that Woodruff, who had not publicly come out yet when arrested, was capable of lying about murdering his parents because he hid his sexual orientation from most people and led a secret life that included gay disco dancing and appearing in a couple of gay porn films produced by a Florida filmmaker. They also made much of his failing grades at Abilene Christian University where he was a 19-year-old freshman and of his high credit card debt as motivation for the murders.
Over the years, he has unsuccessfully appealed his ruling several times with different US courts, including to the Sixth District Court of Appeals and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. In every instance, the courts have either affirmed his conviction or refused to hear his case over.
The latest ruling from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals means Woodruff’s next step is to appeal his case to the Supreme Court, which his lawyers say has a very slim chance of being considered.
But they’re still going to try.
The petition states: “Brandon Woodruff was convicted in a small homophobic East Texas Courthouse led by corrupt prosecutors who willfully and intentionally violated his Constitutional rights.”
Woodruff is also the subject of an upcoming documentary by Scott Poggensee called Texas Justice: Brandon Woodruff.
In August, Woodruff posted a video message to his supporters, saying: “I did not commit this crime. I’m innocent. And I really hope that people that are watching this, if you will just know anything at all, I hope that you’ll know that I did not kill my parents.”