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Father Of Murdered Kanawha County Woman Talks About Daughter's Death

Reported: Feb. 25, 2014 10:33 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 26, 2014 6:49 AM EST

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Stefano DiPietrantonio) -- Eyewitness News reached out to the parents of Eva Linda Woods and got some exclusive insight into the turmoil leading up to her death.

Woods' father, Everett Dixon, called her by her middle name, Linda, and said she had told her daughter Jessica once she was out of jail on burglary charges Feb. 6, that she could not come back to live at her house. Prior to Jessica Woods’ two-month incarceration, Dixon said, Jessica had stolen $7,000 from her mother's bank account. Woods never pressed charges against her daughter, but in the words of Dixon, they were “done.”

Nearly two weeks later, sheriff’s deputies found Linda Woods dead.

Eyewitness News went to a residence in search of the victim's parents. "We're trying to find Everett Dixon,” we asked as an elderly man opened the door with a smile. “Do we have the right apartment?" The man, Everett Dixon and his wife Barbara, let us in, but they are too upset to talk about their 59-year-old daughter on camera.

The Dixons are crushed by what has happened. Their granddaughter is accused of killing her own mother, but Everett Dixon said he is not surprised. He said Jessica spiraled out of control after losing her father a year ago, then got involved with bad people and was "using dope."

Everett Dixon said he went to Linda's house and found Jessica getting out of Linda's bed, and she claimed her mother had gone for a walk. Dixon said he already knew in his heart his daughter was gone.

During Jessica's arraignment on Monday, she was led into magistrate court by a sheriff's deputy. "Have a seat right here, OK?" the deputy instructed her. Jessica sat there handcuffed and wept. She tried to hide her face from cameras.

"You might as well look up,” the magistrate said. "You've got your 15 minutes of fame. Step on over this way. You understand that you've been charged with what is commonly called first-degree murder?"

Eyewitness News Reporter Bob Aaron asked her as she was led to jail, "Jessica, did you kill your mother?” “No," said Woods, her whisper barely audible.

If convicted, the 35-year-old faces life in prison -- a consequence her grandfather said she deserves.

"Good, that's where she belongs for killing my daughter," Everett Dixon said.

The details of how Linda Woods died are not clear yet. Jessica is charged with first-degree murder. Her boyfriend of two weeks, Shawn Legg, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder. Sheriff's deputies believe Linda Woods was murdered, and then her body was placed in a partially dug grave and locked inside a shed behind their house.

Neighbors can't believe Linda is gone.

"I've been coming over here since I was a kid and she was always the nicest old lady," Breaunna DeMoss said.

Now there are just memories and photos of Linda. One of those photos shows a
curious tattoo on Linda's forehead. Her father said it was a curly vine, something she had gotten a long time ago and would hide with her hair. There was a matching one on her leg.

It's a haunting image of a woman whose tragic death has left a family torn apart. Everett Dixon said he never wants to see his granddaughter again. He said he will not attend the trial and hopes she rots in prison for murdering his daughter.

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