Brandon Woodruff Legal Fund

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The Innocence Project of Texas is working hard on Brandon Woodruff's case. However, they work solely on donations. We have been working closely with them, but they currently need $30,000 to follow up on a credible lead. This site is set up specifically to collect donations for the Innocence Project of Texas in Brandon Woodruff's name. Please donate what you can. There is power in numbers. If everyone that sees this campaign just donates $5 or $10, we'll be there in no time. Thank you so much for your continued support.

Brandon's Story

As seen on ABC's 20/20 and the Sundance Channel's "True Crime Story: It Couldn’t Happen Here with Hilarie Burton Morgan", Brandon Woodruff is an innocent man in prison for Life Without Parole.

Brandon was convicted on March 20, 2009 of murdering both of his parents in their Royse City, Texas home. Brandon’s attorneys immediately filed a notice of appeal, and making a motion for a new trial. Three days later, the trial judge Hon Richard Beacom denied the motion, and the appeal headed for the District Court.

In October of 2010, the Sixth District Court of Appeals heard oral arguments for Brandon’s appeal. On December 3rd, 2010, the court denied the appeal and affirmed the conviction. Even though the judges told prosecutors that “there are a lot of things that we are concerned with”, the judges ultimately decided that “Viewed in a light most favorable to the prosecution, there is evidence from which a rational juror could conclude, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Brandon committed the murders.”

Brandon’s attorneys then appealed this court’s decision in February of 2011 to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the last stop for criminal appeals in the State of Texas. On May 25th, 2011, the court officially refused to hear Brandon’s case. Even though an innocent person was sitting in prison sentenced to Life Without Parole, the court did not even take the time to hear oral arguments. This is important because our mission is now to travel to Austin, protest on the courthouse steps, and demand that they hear this case.

Even though this was the last step for state-related issues in the conviction, Brandon still had a Federal issue that he could raise, and that’s exactly what he did. In May of 2015, Brandon’s attorney Mick Mickelsen filed a Writ of Habeas Corpus raising several Federal issues, and asking that either the conviction be overturned outright, or that they at least allow oral arguments for him to plead Brandon’s case. In May of 2017, the Magistrate Judge filed recommendations that Brandon’s Writ be denied. On November 30th, 2017, Judge Barbara Lynn affirmed the recommendations and denied Brandon’s Federal Writ of Habeas Corpus. In January of 2018, Brandon’s new attorney John Nation filed an appeal to Judge Lynn’s decision. On September 20th, 2018, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, LA denied Brandon’s writ. In 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States ultimately decided not to hear Brandon's appeal.

At this point, the only relief that Brandon has available is a writ of habeas corpus, going to court and proving his innocence. This is what the Innocence Project of Texas is working on. We need everyone's help to get Brandon out. Please donate what you can. Thank you.

Organizer

  • Scott Poggensee

Donors

  • Crystal Davison
  • Donated on Apr 24, 2023
  • I just watched the 2020 episode on TV after getting off work, my heart broke when I saw Brandon cry about his sister abandoning him...that alone told me all I needed to know. Then the blonde hair that was never examined confirmed my gut instinct. I wish I could do more but I hope this makes a difference. He is in my prayers totally...

$20.00
  • Joseph Hager
  • Donated on Feb 26, 2023
  • I know it's not much. I'll add more as I can. Please help him get out of there. This is so wrong!

$10.00
  • Lee & Beckie Wilson
  • Donated on Dec 10, 2022
  • Donations can also be made directly to The Innocence Project of Texas in Brandon’s name.

$50.00

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Donors & Comments

18 donors
  • Crystal Davison
  • Donated on Apr 24, 2023
  • I just watched the 2020 episode on TV after getting off work, my heart broke when I saw Brandon cry about his sister abandoning him...that alone told me all I needed to know. Then the blonde hair that was never examined confirmed my gut instinct. I wish I could do more but I hope this makes a difference. He is in my prayers totally...

$20.00
  • Joseph Hager
  • Donated on Feb 26, 2023
  • I know it's not much. I'll add more as I can. Please help him get out of there. This is so wrong!

$10.00
  • Lee & Beckie Wilson
  • Donated on Dec 10, 2022
  • Donations can also be made directly to The Innocence Project of Texas in Brandon’s name.

$50.00
  • Krista Brenner
  • Donated on Dec 01, 2022
  • Need to get the word out. I’m sure you could raise more funds. Maybe a podcast update.

$10.00
  • Mark Ulrich
  • Donated on Nov 29, 2022
  • This is an innocent man I think of him often.

$10.00
  • Karen Reid
  • Donated on Nov 27, 2022
  • Praying for Brandon. The truth must come out.

$25.00
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  • Ryan Dominguez
  • Donated on Nov 24, 2022
  • He’s going to get justice. Thank you for your team and your hard work.

$20.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Nov 24, 2022
$10.00
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