Clovis News

Sentencing delayed in Clovis murders

The scheduled sentencing for convicted murderer Phillip Woodley was postponed Monday, a decision that angered several family members of the victims.

The sentencing was pushed back to June 14 because Eric Green, Woodley's attorney, did not receive a report from the county's Probation Department until Monday, and had not had a chance to review it.

Last month, a Fresno County Superior Court jury found Woodley guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of Roy Woodley, 73, and his wife, Angie, 71, in July 2005. The victims were Phillip Woodley's father and stepmother. They were killed in their Clovis home.

Because the jury said the killings were committed during a robbery and burglary, Woodley, 56, faces life in prison without parole.

For those who wanted the sentencing to proceed, the delay was maddening. There was a brief outburst when the delay was announced in Fresno County Superior Court. Outside the courtroom, angry family members said they were ready Monday to publicly condemn Phillip Woodley.