BLYTHEVILLE, AR – District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington announced that a Mississippi County jury found Kordarro Woodard, 25, guilty of first degree murder today in the death of Martha George, 37, both of Blytheville.
The state alleged Woodard went to George’s home after midnight on June 19, 2016 where he argued and fought with her, poured gas on her, then caused her to catch fire with his lighter. Woodard claimed George set herself on fire in an attempted suicide because he was talking to other women.
Judge Cindy Thyer followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Woodard to 15 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.
Ellington praised the work of Detectives Ronnie McShan and Eric Farrell of the Blytheville Police Department and Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Curtis Walker and Gina Knight for their hard work investigating and prosecuting this difficult case.
Woodard was represented by Attorney James W. Harris of Blytheville.