What do you do when a corrupt District Attorney comes after you for something you didn’t do? What do you do when you’re an innocent gay man being prosecuted in a homophobic small East Texas town? For Brandon Woodruff, the results were disastrous.
“Texas Justice: Brandon Woodruff” takes a hard-hitting look at the case of Brandon Woodruff. In October 2005, Texas prosecutors charged Brandon Dale Woodruff — then a 19-year-old freshman at Abilene Christian University — with murdering his parents Dennis and Norma. Unable to make the $1 million bail he sat in Hunt County Jail for more than three years awaiting trial. When the case finally was presented to a Greenville jury in northeast Texas the prosecution essentially posited during the 12-day trial that Brandon Woodruff was living a double life based on lies who ditched classes at ACU for gay adventures in wild Dallas. Faced with flunking out and returning home to a hick town the prosecutors argued that Brandon killed his disappointed parents for their life insurance so he would be free to pursue his gay life with carefree abandon. On March 20, 2009, the jury convicted Brandon Woodruff after only five hours of deliberation. The state earlier had waived the death penalty, and he automatically was sentenced to a life term behind bars.
The documentary is currently in production and slated to be released by the Summer of 2018. The producers of this film will not rest until Brandon’s story is told. Currently, none of the prosecutors, investigators, or State’s witnesses have been willing to talk on film about the case. We encourage everyone to contact each one of them today and ask them what they have to hide. The people the filmmakers are interested in talking to are listed below. They can be reached this way:
Kelli Aiken – Ms. Aiken was at the time an Assistant District Attorney and is now the judge of the very court that Brandon was convicted in. The sitting judge for the trial Hon. Richard Beacom has since retired. Kelli was the ADA that directed the Hunt County Chief Jailer to record Brandon’s conversations with his attorney and deliver them to her, thus violating the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution. This egregious violation eventually led to the Hunt County District Attorney’s office being recused from prosecuting the case.
Major Jeff Collins – Ranger Collins was the Lead Investigator for the State of Texas for Brandon’s case. The office of Media Relations has indicated that Ranger Collins might be willing to answer questions in printed form. Even though a list of reasonable questions was sent to Ranger Collins, the producers of this film have yet to receive the answers to those questions. You can reach Ranger Collins and the Director of Media Relations for the Texas Rangers at the addresses below.
Major Jeffrey Collins – Public Integrity Unit
Texas Rangers Headquarters
6100 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78752
Tom Vinger, Press Secretary
Media and Communications Office
Texas Department of Public Safety
PO Box 4087
5805 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78773-0170
Ralph Guerrero – Ralph was one of the two Special Prosecutors assigned to prosecute Brandon’s case when the Hunt County District Attorney’s office was recused for their Sixth Amendment violation. Mr. Guerrero has since left the Attorney General’s office and is working in San Marcos, Texas. You can reach him with the information below.
Office of the Criminal District Attorney
Ralph Guerrero, First Assistant
Hays Government Center, Suite 2057
712 S. Stagecoach Trl
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: (512) 393-7600
Adrienne McFarland – Adrienne was the other “Special Prosecutor” for the Texas Attorney General’s office that prosecuted Brandon’s case. She is still with the AG’s office.
Adrienne McFarland, Deputy AG for Criminal Justice
Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711-2548
Phone: (512) 463-2191
Below is a sample letter to send to the people above or script to use in your phone call.
Dear <Insert Name>,
Scott Poggensee, the Producer for the documentary about Brandon Woodruff’s case has been trying to reach you. He would like to talk with you on camera about Brandon’s case. I feel that Brandon is innocent and in the interest of justice, I would like you to consider talking to Mr. Poggensee.
I also hope that you listen to any information that comes across your desk in the coming months that points to Brandon’s innocence.
Thank you very much for your time.
<Sign Your Name>
We would like to announce that we are looking for supporters of Brandon to be in the documentary. It would not take long, but we’re looking for anyone and everyone to be on camera for about 10 seconds just saying, “My name is <name>, and I believe in Brandon’s innocence.”
If you would like to be part of this documentary, please write us back at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can coordinate it. We will come to you and it will only take about 5 minutes of your time. We are looking to make a montage of as many people as possible at the very end of the documentary to say this on camera. If you believe in Brandon, PLEASE contact us and come tell the world about it. It doesn’t matter if you knew him before or not, we’re looking for anyone and everyone that now believes in his innocence.