About the name ‘David Woods’ coming up in testimony at the Monroe trial
SALINE/GALLATIN COs.---It was a passing mention, but still it took a lot of courtroom observers by surprise when the name "David Woods" came up during testimony in the cocaine delivery trial of Tim Monroe, Feb. 1-4.
The mention of the name was made in the context of cocaine purchasing. During Tim Monroe's testimony (wherein he took the stand in his own defense), Monroe himself first made mention of Woods during day 2 of the trial.
Referring to the much-debated proffer interview Monroe gave ISP officials in May 2008, his attorney, Paul Christenson, asked him if he recalled "telling agents you bought a quarter-ounce of cocaine from David Woods for a Verizon Christmas party." Monroe stated he did, and that he had also arranged a purchase of a quarter-ounce of coke for $300 from an Eric Burdis (which is simply a phonetic presentation, as we've not had time to look into the exact spelling of the name).
Woods' name was then brought up again, in cross-examination by prosecutor Mike Henshaw, the next day when Monroe was called as a witness by that side.
The import of the matter is this: not only was he mentioned as a seller of cocaine in the Monroe trial, but Woods was also allegedly one of the targets of errant Gallatin County sheriff Raymond Martin, as brought out in Raymond's wife Tina's preliminary hearing Jan. 26, 2010.
Woods, according to Illinois State Police officials last May, was one of Martin's alleged pot runners out of Gallatin County to all points across the state and probably through to Kentucky and Tennessee.
The concern is that while Woods is in a heap of trouble over other incidents in Gallatin (and possibly Saline; we'll have to check that), he appears to be not in trouble as it relates to anything he was allegedly doing with Raymond (it's that 'turning state's evidence' thing), and apparently, he's also not in trouble for selling coke to what Saline County believes is a big cocaine distributor, Tim Monroe.
Of course, we don't know the whole backstory. We're only just now getting an opportunity to dig into the backgrounds of the two "targets" of Martin's alleged conspiracy, Woods and Jeremy Potts. We have a photo of him, too; it was the one Cody Martin allegedly went to great lengths to acquire so Thomas Hayden would know what his alleged 'target' looked like, but backed out of giving it to him because he wasn't certain it was THE Jeremy Potts (there are a couple of people with that name in the area, just like there are actually several David Woods). Be sure you pick up a copy of this month's issue so you can see it in context.
More on Woods as we can obtain it, but we want to leave you with this: prior to producing the article about Raymond's extracurricular activities THREE YEARS before he was busted for them, we had heard David Woods' name batted around by the brave people who came forward with info on Raymond. Also batted around were other names, specifically regarding cocaine distribution in the area...and meth manufacturing/distribution, on a scale no one can even conceive (except, of course, maybe a meth maker). We're still looking into those allegations. The names of those involved in those two types of dope distribution haven't been tied in with any of these stories as produced...yet. We don't know that the cocaine distribution will ever be brought to a halt in the area. However, the meth manufacturing might, according to officials we spoke with here while back. So don't be shocked if/when you see the next big bust, and hear the next big 'name' involved in it; it could be as big as Raymond Martin's.
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