Woman charged in crash that killed nurse set to stand trial
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:26:08 GMT —
Jury selection is underway Monday in the trial of Georgia Woodberry, 30.
She's charged with Murder, Attempted Murder and Discharging a Firearm in a car crash that killed a Florence nurse last April.
Florence County deputies say Woodberry had been stalking her former boyfriend for quite some time and knew the route he would travel.
Deputies say Woodberry was chasing her ex-boyfriend and his female friend on National Cemetery Road at Freedom Boulevard when she shot into the car, hitting the woman in the leg on April 5, 2012.
"She got in behind them and she started shooting at them and she chased them down. And they tried to evade her and whip it around through a little trail
r park on Old Wallace Gregg Road and she chased them and shooting at them and shot through the car and shot her in the leg," explained Twelfth Circuit Solicitor Ed Clements.
Lori Pruett, 36, was traveling on the road when the car Woodberry was chasing crashed into Pruett, deputies said. Pruett died at the scene.
"They ran through that red light at approximately 80 miles an hour trying to escape her gunfire. At the same time, Mrs. Pruett arrived there going to work and there was a collision. Cars tumbled over, caught on fire. And Ms. Woodberry you gone hear, went on by and came back by and looked at what went on and went on home
," Clements added.
Pruett had just moved to Florence and was working as a registered nurse at Carolinas Hospital System.
Clements called it one of the most tragic events in Florence County.
Woodberry's attorney Scott Floyd asked jurors to remember his client is innocent until proven guilty.
"During this trial, I just ask that you all keep an open mind. Don't let the power of accusations cloud your mind at this point. Listen to the facts and at the end of this case listen to the law and apply it as you see fit in a fair and impartial manner, " said Floyd.
Five Florence County 911 dispatchers testified Monday.
They all stated they received calls about the crash.
Two of the calls came from the woman who was driving the car that Woodberry's former boyfriend was riding in.
During the call, she told dispatchers Woodberry was chasing them and trying to run them off the road.
The woman then screams she had just been shot.
Woodberry has been held at the Florence County Detention Center since her arrest.
It is not known if she will take the stand in her own defense.
We will keep you updated on the outcome of the trial.