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  • Case with Independence ties to be profiled on Investigation Discovery

  • A 1990 murder case in Chillicothe, Mo., that has ties to Independence will be featured on a cable newsmagazine show this Sunday, 21 years to the date after the shooting occurred.

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  • A 1990 murder case in Chillicothe, Mo., that has ties to Independence will be featured on a cable newsmagazine show this Sunday, 21 years to the date after the shooting occurred.
    Investigation Discovery’s show “On the Case with Paula Zahn,” will profile the shooting of Cathy Robertson and her husband, Lyndel, while they slept in their quiet Missouri farm house. Cathy died at the scene on Nov. 13, 1990, and Lyndel survived.
    Brandon Thomure, who had had a violent relationship with the couple’s oldest daughter, Rochelle, was the prime suspect. Investigators later also targeted Mark Woodworth, a then-16-year-old neighbor whose father farmed with Lyndel Robertson.
    A jury convicted Woodworth in 1995, though he was briefly released following a successful appeal. A second jury convicted him in 1999, and Woodworth is now serving a life sentence for murder.
    Thomure left Chillicothe, and in 1994, a Jackson County judge found Thomure “intentionally assaulted and battered” an Independence woman by punching her in the mouth in a Kmart parking lot, according to a June article in the Columbia Missourian.
    During Woodworth’s second trial, Thomure testified that on the night of the murder, he was asleep 90 miles away in Independence, an account that was supported by three people, including Rochelle Robertson.
    Sunday’s episode includes interviews with Woodworth; Rhonda Oesch and Rochelle Koehly, the Robertsons’ daughters; Claude Woodworth, Lyndel Robertson’s business partner; Gary Calvert, former deputy sheriff of Livingston County; John Cayton, chief criminalist of Kansas City; Terry Deister, a private investigator; attorney Bob Ramsey; special prosecutor Rachel Smith; and forensic scientist Peter Massey.
    “On the Case with Paula Zahn” airs at 9 p.m. Sunday.
    On Comcast in Eastern Jackson County, Investigation Discovery is on channel 111. On Time Warner Cable it is on channel 139. Or visit investigation.discovery.com and click on the “Find ID on your TV!” blue icon in the upper right-hand corner to find which channel Investigation Discovery is on your cable TV provider.

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