Father, son charged with murder of Tava Woodard appear in court

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) — The father and son accused of killing 23-year-old Tava Woodard while she was at work appeared in Washington County Criminal Court on Wednesday for a status update, which was ultimately reset for Sept. 23.

Mark Anthony Sexton Jr. and his son Mark Anthony Sexton III have been charged with first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery in connection to the June 2, 2023 homicide.

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Sexton III was also charged with possession of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony and tampering with evidence. While previously in court, both the father and son received an additional charge of conspiracy to commit an especially aggravated robbery.

Erin McArdle and Cameron Hyder, who represent Sexton III and Sexton Jr., respectively, told Judge Stacy Street Wednesday that mental health evaluations have yet to be completed and that those could take some time to come in.

The judge suggested having the pair’s next court appearance in September. Hyder told Judge Street that he doesn’t expect to be prepared for motions, either, in September, and recommended resetting the status update for that month.

Judge Street reset that status update to Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. The judge also said jury selection on the murder case is scheduled to begin on Sept. 23, as well, at 1:30 p.m.

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