Alleged Madison County Shooter Gets New Charge

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

Friday, March 3, 2006

The man accused of shooting a Madison County woman in the face saw a judge Friday morning.

There were a couple of surprises during the bond hearing.

People inside the Madison County District Courtroom during the bond hearing, were shocked to find out, 64-year old James Winstead's attempted murder charged was changed.

During the court appearance, the Commonwealth's Attorney office announced, they are changing Winstead's attempted murder charge to a charge of aggravated malicious wounding.

The new charge allows Winstead to be sentenced to 20 years, or up to life and not be eligible for bond for allegedly shooting his 24-year-old neighbor Elizabeth Woodward in the face and upper body.

Days later, police are still trying to find out why Winstead allegedly shot Woodward.

"Mister Winstead is not being very cooperative, and we are not getting any information at all, so that is why we are waiting to talk to the victim," said Sheriff Erik Weaver of Madison County.

Elizabeth Woodward is still in the hospital. Sheriff Weaver says, according to the Woodward family, Elizabeth Woodward is doing remarkably well despite the circumstances.

The new charge was made because the other charge of attempted murder only allowed two to ten years in prison as well as the eligibility for bond.

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