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Convicted killer speaks from prison

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For the very first time we are hearing from the convicted killer, whose violent rampage left Central Virginia on edge for days three decades ago. This week, we brought you the story of Kenneth Woodfin's only surviving victim as she fights against his parole. Now, Woodfin is speaking out.

We put in a request with the Virginia Department of Corrections to see if Kenneth Woodfin would talk to us. We did not think he would say yes, as he hasn't spoken with the media. But Friday morning, he called from his counselor's office at the prison in Powhatan. He reached out to tell his side of the story.

When asked if Woodfin killed his wife, sister-in-law and best friend, he replied, "No, I did not."

In 1985, however, juries didn't see it that way. Kenneth Woodfin is now serving multiple life sentences for brutally murdering three people, shooting Richmond Police officer Cheryl Nici and ambushing a sheriff's deputy in October of the year before. It was a crime spree that spanned multiple jurisdictions.

In June, Woodfin will be up for parole.

"I spent almost three decades in prison for a crime I did not commit," he said. "I cannot get my life back. I came to prison when I was 36. I'm now 66."

He tells us he's done a lot of things in his life he's ashamed of, but he's never shot or killed anyone.

"You think about all those times that you got away," he recalled.  "So then when you get convicted of something that you didn't do you chalk it up right there. You say ‘what the heck is karma.'"

Woodfin wanted to explain what happened from his perspective. Just before the killings, he maintains he had been assaulted and abducted by three men.

"I was tortured," he described. "When I get myself together, I wake up and I'm in the woods."

We asked, "So you're saying during the time your wife, sister-in-law and best friend were killed and the time the sheriff's deputy was shot and Ms. Nici was shot, you were in the woods being tortured?" "Yes," he responded.

The information never came out during the trials because Woodfin didn't take the stand. Now, he says he deserves parole because he's innocent.

"I'm not a threat to anybody," he believes.

But he's not optimistic about his parole hearing and grieves for what he's missing.

"I would like to be able to hold my grandchildren," Woodfin added.

Cheryl Nici, who was shot in the head and somehow survived, is fighting against his parole. Nici says she knows it was Woodfin who pulled the trigger because his face is the last thing she saw before she thought she was going to die.

Nici goes before the parole board next month. Woodfin's hearing is scheduled for June.

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