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Man who committed murder in Orinda sentenced

By scarney
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 at 2:52 pm in Crime, Orinda.

Robert Woods, 48, of Oakland, was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison for the second-degree murder of his former wife, Elnora Caldwell, who was 46 at the time of the murder.

Woods committed the murder in his truck in Orinda on Oct. 25, 2008, when he stabbed Caldwell in the chest and in the neck. He dumped her body on Fish Ranch Road, just off Highway 24. After the murder, Woods returned to Oakland and turned himself into police.

During the trial, Woods’ lawyer argued it was a “crime of passion,” as Woods was trying to convince Caldwell to return to him, and he snapped when she refused.

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