Mistrial declared for Boone County man accused in torture, sexual assault case

The case against Kevin Woodrum will now be heard by a jury in Lincoln County. (WCHS/WVAH)

A mistrial has been declared in high-profile torture case out of Boone County, Prosecutor Keith Randolph said.

Kevin Woodrum's case was set to be heard before a jury this week, but Judge William Thompson declared a mistrial during jury selection.

Woodrum, 44, of Gordon is charged with malicious wounding, sexual assault, kidnapping, strangulation, domestic battery and domestic assault.

Randolph said Thompson declared a mistrial because they were having difficulty finding jurors who did not have prior knowledge of the case. He also granted a change of venue motion. The trial will now be heard in Lincoln County, possibly later this summer.

West Virginia State Police said they went to a residence in Gordon in December 2017 to investigate a domestic situation. They said Woodrum asked them to leave unless they had a warrant and told them the woman was asleep. Eventually, they were able to talk to the woman and noticed she had severe swelling and bruising on her face. The complaint said she told officers that Woodrum had been beating her for hours.

Woodrum was arrested, and the woman gave a detailed statement to officers. She said Woodrum became enraged at her and tied her hands and feet to the bed. She said he punched and slapped her multiple times in the face and burned her with a lighter several times across the body.

While she was held captive, she said, Woodrum sexually assaulted her and choked her to the point she would black out. She also said he threatened to kill her. The complaint said he also cut off a large amount of her hair with scissors and poured water in her face with a large cup in an attempt to “water board” her.

Woodrum is a former Boone County sheriff’s deputy. He last worked there in 2004 and was employed at the department for about 2 and half years, Chief Deputy Chad Barker previously said.

Woodrum is currently in the Southwestern Regional Jail.

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