Man charged in LMPD officer's death has 60 page criminal record

Man charged in officer's death has lengthy criminal history

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The man charged with killing LMPD Officer Nick Rodman was in front of a judge Monday morning. James Woods is facing nine new charges in connection to the crash.

The judge set his bond at $1 million cash only, because of the severity of the charges and his lengthy criminal background.

"Mr. Woods do you understand the charges written against you,” the judge asked the suspect. Woods replied, “Yes.”

The hearing was short and Woods didn't have much to say. But the prosecutor said his criminal record speaks for itself.

The documents are more than 60 pages long, and include charges dating back to the 1990’s.

Between 2004 and 2016, Woods was charged with more than 20 traffic violations- ranging from speeding to reckless driving and DUI.

In 2007, he was charged with public intoxication and possession of cocaine.

Those charges would be followed by several additional drug related charges in the coming years- like trafficking marijuana, trafficking cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In 2010, he was charged with his first domestic violence offense and second degree escape, criminal mischief, and tampering with a prison monitoring device.

On the day of the crash, police said Woods was under the influence of cocaine, alcohol and opiates. Before leading police on a chase, he is accused of hitting the mother of his child, and firing shots into the air.

Police report he was fleeing and ran a red light when he hit Officer Nick Rodman's car. Rodman later died from the injuries he sustained in that crash.

When police searched his car, they discovered a loaded gun, drug paraphernalia and cocaine.

Woods is being held on a $1 million cash only bond. He is expected back in court on April 13.

 

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