Mississippi court affirms conviction of man who doused wife with hot grease

Published 10:00 am Saturday, March 21, 2020

The Mississippi Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of a man who injured his wife by dousing her with hot grease after she said she was planning to leave him.

Justices handed down a unanimous decision Thursday in the appeal of Kendall Woodson, 42, of Greenwood, the Greenwood Commonwealth reported.

“We cannot find any arguable issue for appeal or reversible error committed by the trial court,” Justice David Ishee wrote in upholding the conviction.

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Woodson was convicted in 2017 of domestic aggravated assault and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He is in the Holmes/Humphreys County Correctional Facility in Lexington.

Woodson and his wife had been married for 20 years at the time of the assault. According to court records, Anita Woodson testified that she got home from work around 12:45 a.m. on Aug. 6, 2015. During an argument, she told her husband she was going to leave him the next day.

She fell asleep, then woke up when Kendall Woodson pulled her up by the hair, began beating her and poured hot cooking oil on her head, while threatening to kill her. Anita Woodson was severely burned and received a concussion.

Kendall Woodson fled Mississippi and was captured weeks later in Oklahoma by U.S. marshals with assistance from the Leflore County, Mississippi, Sheriff’s Department.

A Leflore County jury acquitted him of attempted murder but convicted him of domestic aggravated assault.

In 2018, the trial court granted his request to file an appeal, but attorneys with the Office of State Public Defender later told the Supreme Court that Woodson’s appeal lacked merit. Justices agreed.