A jury in Pope County, Arkansas, found David Woody, 31, guilty of first-degree murder and retaliation against an informant in connection with a March 2006 homicide.
On March 8, 2007, Circuit Judge Dennis C. Sutterfield sentenced Woody to 40 years in state prison for the murder charge, and six years and a $10,000 fine for the retaliation charge. The prison sentences will run consecutively.
Woody and three other men were charged with the murder of a man they believed informed the police of their methamphetamine business.
The three other defendants in the case, Kevin Erdelyi, Donovan Farmer, and Travis Farmer, are scheduled to stand trial in August.
Evidence was produced during the sentencing hearing of Woody's previous felony convictions, including the fact that Woody was on parole for a drug conviction at the time of the murder.
A former member of the white supremacist organization White Aryan Resistance (WAR) was called as a witness and testified that at the time of the killing, he and Kevin Erdelyi were officers in WAR, Travis Farmer was a member of the racist skinhead Hammerskins and that Woody belonged to the racist prison gang Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. He told the jury that all three organizations have similar beliefs regarding the treatment of "snitches."
According to the witness, on the night of the killing Travis Farmer, along with his girlfriend, his brother Donovan Farmer, Kevin Erdelyi, and Woody met at the witness' home to discuss who may have informed the police that the Farmers were manufacturing methamphetamine. The witness claimed that Woody told the group he had overheard the victim talking with police after they had been arrested.
The witness described a sequence of events in which Erdelyi, Woody and the Farmers took turns beating the victim, with Erdelyi ultimately shooting him.