NEW details of a man’s secret double life are revealed in his first TV interview after being convicted of his parents’ murder.
Brandon Woodruff, 35, was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2009 after being found guilty of stabbing and shooting his parents.
He claims an anti-gay bias influenced the outcome of the case.
Woodruff received his sentence three years after his parents Dennis, 43, and Norma Woodruff, 42, were found shot and stabbed to death at their home in Royse City, Texas.
Brandon claims he was misrepresented as a “wild gay man” living a double life.
That was a stark comparison to the more conservative people who lived in his town and made up the jury.
His grandmother, Bonnie Woodruff, has admitted his innocence and even paid his legal fees on the side.
A special 20/20 episode airing Friday night examines Brandon’s claims of innocence.
In an interview with John Quinones, Brandon says, “I’m innocent. I didn’t kill my parents at all… I think you should look at the body of evidence.”
Brandon was enrolled at a Christian university when his parents’ bodies were found on October 18, 2005, the Daily Mail reports.
The bodies were found by a friend in the living room of their new home.
There were gunshot and stab wounds to the couple’s neck and face. They are believed to have died over the weekend before the bodies were found.
There were no signs of forced entry and nothing was stolen, but the suspected killer is said to have cleaned up in one of the bathrooms before leaving the scene.
Authorities found inconsistencies in Brandon’s whereabouts history and arrested him six days later.
It was believed that he was the last person to see his parents alive after having dinner with them.
Friends of Brandon said he was supposed to pick them up in Dallas at 5 p.m., but he didn’t arrive until after 10 p.m. They also claimed he was nervous when they tried to search his bag.
Brandon’s defense attorneys said he was nervous because his friends didn’t know he was gay.
Authorities claimed he’s leading a double life while skipping classes to go to Dallas for “wild adventures.”
Prosecutors argued Brandon killed his parents for life insurance money to fund that double life.
The most damning piece of evidence linking him to the crime scene was a dagger that contained Dennis’s blood. Brandon’s college roommate testified that he had seen the same dagger in their shared dorm.
Investigators argued the dagger was the murder weapon, but Brandon claimed his father had accidentally cut his hand with it long before.
The Texas section of the Innocence Project recently began reviewing evidence that could potentially prompt the organization to advocate on his behalf.
ABC’s 20/20 special about Brandon will air Friday at 9 p.m. and be available on Hulu Saturday.
It will include interviews with Brandon’s grandmother, members of the 2009 jury, the associate director of the Innocence Project of Texas, and footage of police interviews.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/5387623/brandon-woodruffs-secret-double-life-first-interview-murder/ Insight into Brandon Woodruff’s secret double life as he gives emotional first TV interview on his parents’ murder conviction