Victims speak out against convicted killer’s parole hearing

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 5:29 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Victims of Kenneth Woodfin, the man serving three life sentences for murder, are speaking out against his parole hearing scheduled for Thursday.

Kenneth Woodfin has spent nearly 40 years behind bars. It’s his punishment for the murder of his wife, Jean Whittaker Woodfin, her sister Susan Whittaker Hall, and Susan’s boyfriend Frank Gabbin.

But the violence didn’t stop there. Woodfin also pulled the trigger and injured a Hanover County Sheriff’s Deputy and former Richmond Police Officer Cheryl Nici.

“The bullet went down through my mouth; all my teeth are implants,” Nici said as she recalled the shooting. “I am more concerned now than I have ever been in my entire life, that he will be released, get out of prison, and attempt to finish what he started.”

According to a letter sent to the victim’s family, Woodfin is scheduled for an interview with the Virginia Parole Board on Thursday. NBC12 spoke to him back in 2014, where he claimed innocence, adding that he “could not get [his] life back.”

“He deserves a parole hearing. I just live in fear that one day it will be granted,” said Sherry Parke, the younger sister of victims Susan Hall, and Woodfin’s wife, Jean.

“[Jean] and I were best friends in growing up because we lived in a rural area. Susan and I were close too,” Parke said.

Parke said that Woodfin threatened her family during his 1984 trial, and even now she’s still on edge.

“If you‘ve never feared for your life before, it’s a really awful feeling,” she adds.

Nici says she’ll continue to lobby against Woodfin’s parole, as she did for convicted police killer Vincent Martin before he was released last year.

“I am very blessed to still be alive, to be a voice for the victims that he killed,” Nici said.

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