Ezra McCandless was Convicted in Stabbing Death of Ex-Boyfriend
Ezra McCandless, 22, was sentenced to first-degree intentional murder, with the use of a fatal weapon, for the March 2018 death of Alex Woodworth, 24. Prosecutors said McCandless murdered Woodworth in a desperate try to rekindle a relationship with another man. She testified that she stabbed Woodworth in self-defense.
McCandless faces life in jail when convicted.
McCandless, of Stanley, was accused after authorities discovered Woodworth’s corpse in the back seat of her car on March 23, 2018. Prosecutors said McCandless stabbed Woodworth 16 times and staged an unreal scene to bolster a self-defense claim.
The defense contended that Woodworth was fascinated with violence and cannibalism and McCandless worried she’d be raped. When she testified at trial, McCandless told the jury she was scared Woodworth was going to murder her, so she stabbed him in self-defense.
In a weird twist, when McCandless went to get help, the word “boy” was carved into her arm. She initially said Woodworth did it — a citation to the fact that she used to recognize as male. But she later confessed she did it herself.
McCandless, who at one point was in connections with Woodworth and two other men at once, testified she had gone to Woodworth’s house in Eau Claire on March 22, 2018, to get clothes and check on him after their recent breakup. She said they went for a drive and got clasped in the mud. McCandless testified that Woodworth tried to rape her, cut off her clothing, and started pricking her skin with a knife. She said she kneed him in the groin and got the knife from him.
“As Alex was jerking me I began stabbing him anywhere and everywhere I could,” she testified.
She also testified that when she went for help, she did not say she had stabbed Woodworth. McCandless also didn’t notify police or emergency employees about the stabbing. She testified that the knife was her dad’s — not Woodworth’s — and was already in the car.