AUGUST 8, 2016
Today, we finally got Robert Woody to take the stand, and he was on direct examination by Prosecuting DA Marlisa Ferreira the entire day. His testimony today differed from the most recent recantation of his testimony that was given on July 26, 2016. I will now give you my observations that I saw today in the courtroom. I was given the opportunity to read the entire 92 page statement that he made to his attorney Bruce Perry, and his testimony today had a key change. How many different versions of this story can Mr. Woody come up with? Can anyone believe anything that comes from his mouth?
We start out with Woody saying that he worked for Pop N Cork Liquors for 9 years. He stated that he was paid “For a time” for his work. He stated that after around 5 years, his pay situation changed. He stated that he had a good relationship with both Daljit Atwal and Baljit Athwal.
Woody said that Baljit Athwal did “Cut Downs” and would put him down for making mistakes. He stated that Daljit Atwal would call him dumb, stupid, etc.
Marlisa Ferreira asks Woody about a 2011 arrest for stealing some items. He said the Athwals bailed him out. He stated that Robin Attenhoffer went with him on the first court date. He stated that Daljit Atwal went with him on the second court date. Daljit Atwal drove him to court in his black BMW. Woody said that Baljit Athwal drove a gray 4 door Chevy pickup. He said that he talked to Daljit Atwal about an attorney, and that Daljit talked to Baljit on that subject.
Woody said that he had an appointment to see Frank Carson concerning the case. He said he met with Frank Carson twice at Carson’s Law Office, and that Daljit Atwal went with him to the office. He said Daljit Atwal drove him to Carson’s Law Office in the black BMW. He said he was not allowed to bring his cell phone to the law office. Marlissa was trying to show that Carson was already afraid of being tracked or listened to. This was objected to, and the judge ruled that it was not relevant. Sustained.
Woody said that Daljit Atwal went with him on his second visit to Carson’s Law Office. Marlissa asks Woody if Frank Carson had talked to him about the stolen property from the Carson property. Woody said: “No Mam” He stated that his brother “Took the rap” on the stolen property case. Woody also denied talking to Daljit Atwal or Baljit Athwal about stolen property on the Carson property.
Woody denied talking to Baljit Athwal or Daljit Atwal about how to pay for Frank Carson’s services. After his last court appearance, Woody said that Frank Carson told him that he did not have to pay anything. Woody said that Frank Carson told him that he still owed the Athwals for some previous work that did not take as much time as anticipated.
Woody said that Frank Carson had told him about trouble with Michael Cooley and thefts from his property. Woody said that he and Baljit Athwal went to Michael Cooley’s house in the black BMW. He said that Baljit Athwal got out of the car, and told Michael Cooley: “What the fuck are you looking at?” He described Michael Cooley as being tall with tattoos. He said Baljit Athwal got back in the car, and they drove back to the store.
Woody said that he and Baljit Athwal drove over to South Johnson St., and he saw Kimberly Stout and whistled to her. He stated that he did not know Korey Kauffman at that time. He stated that Scott McFarlane lived on South Johnson street. He stated that Baljit stopped the car in front of Korey Kauffman’s house, and that he (Robert Woody) shouted: “Your ass is grass.” He stated that Baljit Athwal wanted to discourage thefts from the Carson property.
Woody stated that Scott McFarlane had talked about a drug house next door to his house, and thefts that were going on in the area. He said that this conversation took place at Pop N Cork Liquors.
Marlisa Ferreira asks Woody if Scott McFarlane said that he was actively surveilling Korey Kauffman. Woody said: “Yes.” He said Scott McFarlane was keeping an eye on the property.
Woody said that Korey Kauffman was always on his bike with a bag of tools. He said that Scott McFarlane was using his phone to take pictures of Korey Kauffman and vehicles leaving his property. Woody states that he was present when Korey Kauffman was murdered.
Marlisa Ferreira asks Woody if any of the conversations with Scott McFarlane happened before Korey Kauffman went missing. Woody says: “Yes.” He says there were around 5 such conversations.
Marlisa Ferreira asks Woody if Daljit Atwal had ever pulled a gun on him at Pop N Cork Liquors. Woody is taken out of the courtroom. The defense attorneys object to this as an improper character evidence. The judge, after an offer of proof, allows this line of questioning. He said that Daljit Atwal pointed a gun “To one tooth” of his mouth more than 10 times. Woody was asked if he was afraid of Daljit Atwal, and said: “At Times.”
Woody testified that he did not talk to anyone after he made the “Your ass is grass statement to Korey Kauffman. He testified that Korey Kauffman made no comments back to him after he shouted his threat.
Woody stated that Scott McFarlane, Eduardo Quintanar, Walter Wells, and some Turlock Police Department Officers would party at Pop N Cork Liquors.
Woody testified that he was working at Pop N Cork Liquors the night that Korey Kauffman was allegedly killed on the Carson property. He said that he left Pop N Cork between 1:15-1:30 AM. He said that he and Daljit Atwal were there that night. Woody said that he and Daljit Atwal left to accompany Baljit Athwal. He said he was directed by Daljit Atwal to go with him to accompany Baljit Athwal. He stated that Pop N Cork was open at that time.
Marlisa Ferreira asks Woody if he knew where Baljit Athwal was that night. Woody says: “No.” Woody said he last saw Baljit Athwal at the store around 1:00 AM. He stated that Baljit Athwal was at the store for 15-20 minutes before they left to accompany him somewhere else.
Woody said that he worked all that day at Pop N Cork, and that Baljit Athwal was not there when he arrived for work. He said that Baljit Athwal arrived at Pop N Cork later on, and was there until just before closing. He estimated that Baljit Athwal was at Pop N Cork until 30-45 minutes before closing.
Woody said that Daljit Atwal was working the register at Pop N Cork that night. He said he was in the back stocking the cooler, and could not hear the conversations between Daljit Atwal and Baljit Athwal.
Woody testified that he had a conversation with Baljit Athwal about Baljit “Spot Checking”, but Baljit did not tell him which property he was checking on. Woody said he found out which property was being spot checked when he went there “That Night.” He said that Baljit had told him about the spot checking later on that night.
Woody then testifies that he went over to the Carson property in Daljit Atwal’s black BMW. Daljit Atwal was driving. Woody testified that when they got to the Carson property, he saw Baljit Athwal’s silver 4 door Chevy pickup parked there. He said that he and Daljit Atwal went through a gate in a cyclone fence. Woody said that Daljit Atwal went in the gate first, and he followed approximately six feet behind Daljit. He said the gate was open when they got there.
Woody testifies that when he got inside the gate, he saw Baljit Athwal and Korey Kauffman having a standing fist fight. This is happening around 30-40 yards from the gate. He sees Korey Kauffman hit the ground after being hit with a punch. At this point, Woody testified that Daljit Atwal jumped in to join the fight. Woody states that Daljit Atwal struck Korey Kauffman with his hands on Korey’s head and back. Woody states that Korey Kauffman was fighting back at this point. He states that Daljit Atwal hit Korey Kauffman twenty or more times. Woody states that he saw Baljit Athwal hit Korey Kauffman twenty or more times.
Marlisa Ferreira asks Woody if Korey Kauffman was hit while he was on the ground. Woody: “Yes.” Woody says Korey Kauffman was punched and kicked while on the ground.
Woody says that he pulled on Daljit Atwal’s shirt, and that Daljit just “Shrugged it Off.” Woody said that he told Daljit that Korey Kauffman “Had Enough.” Woody says that he pulled on Baljit Athwal’s shirt, and that Baljit continued to hit Korey Kauffman 12-15 more times. Woody says he could hear Korey Kauffman grunting at that time.
Woody testifies that he then started to leave the property. He said he started to leave. He was around 30-40 feet from Korey Kauffman, but still inside the gate. Woody says he heard 1 shot. He says he turned around “In Shock.” Woody says he went over to where Baljit And Daljit were at. He says he sees Korey Kauffman on the ground, and that Baljit was arguing with Daljit. They were speaking in Punjabi, so Woody could not understand anything they were saying.
Now here come some testimony that seems to contradict what he just gave on July 26, 2016. In that 92 page statement, Woody said that Frank Carson and Walter Wells were not on the Carson property on the night that Korey Kauffman was allegedly killed. He also said that he did not see a gun when he turned around after hearing a gun shot.
Marlisa Ferreira asks Robert Woody if he sees anything in Daljit Atwal’s hand. Woody says: “Hand Gun.” Seems like his last statements made on July 26th were not quite good enough for Ms. Ferreira.
Total cooperation equals total freedom as far as Robert Woody is concerned. The judge seems to have an epiphany at this time. Suddenly, she sees a murder in this case. How anyone could believe anything that comes out of his mouth is simply beyond me. This is anywhere between his 12th and 18th different story, depending on which attorney I have spoken with. If she holds anyone over for trial, no jury of 12 will ever convict. That is a Fact.
Defense Attorney Martha Carlton gets into the judge for speaking of “Murder” and for her saying there was a bullet hole in the shirt. Martha reminds the judge that there is no bullet hole in the coat, and the bullet was not found in the clothing. She tells the judge that the bullet was dug up in the dirt under the body. Martha reminds the judge that there was no blood on the clothing. Judge Zuniga looks over some of the testimony on her computer, and says: “I stand corrected.”
She then makes a comment: “I am concluding murder.” This travesty of justice looks like it will continue on to trial for at least two of the defendants. It just doesn’t seem to be anything close to justice to me. Just saying folks.
It is now 3:23 PM, after our late afternoon break. Marlisa Ferreira asks Woody if he said anything to the Athwals after the alleged killing. Woody says: “No.” Woody said that Baljit Athwal told him to “Load Him Up.” He said Korey Kauffman’s lifeless body was on the ground with a bullet hole in his middle back on the right side. Woody said that he saw blood. I wonder why the clothing of Korey Kauffman showed no traces of blood or gun- shot residue? Woody said that Korey Kauffman was wearing a hoodie sweater type shirt.
Robert Woody testified that he picked up Korey Kauffman and put him in the back of the pickup truck. He said that Daljit had a gun. It appeared that Marlisa was trying to show that Woody was afraid of Daljit with the gun. Marlisa was trying to show that his fear was the reason he helped with the body. He said that Baljit helped load the body. He said that Baljit held the hands, and he held the feet while they were carrying Korey Kauffman’s body. Woody said they did not cove the body of Korey Kauffman when he was in the pickup bed.
Robert Woody said that he and Daljit Atwal left for Pop N Cork Liquors in Daljit Atwal’s black BMW. He said that he did not see Baljit Athwal leave the Carson property in the pickup truck. He said he saw nobody besides Daljit and Baljit at the Carson property that night. He said there was no discussion about “Cleaning Up.”
Woody said he and Daljit drove to Pop N Cork, and that Baljit Athwal drove up in the pickup around 2 minutes later. He says that Baljit Athwal backed the pickup into the side lot of Pop N Cork Liquors through a gate that they had opened up. Woody said he dug a 2 foot deep grave. He says it took him 10-12 minutes to dig the grave. He said that Baljit Athwal stood guard by the closed gate. He said they placed a blue tarp on the ground. Baljit held the hands, and Robert Woody held the feet, and they placed the body of Korey Kauffman on the tarp.
Robert Woody said that he took a sheetrock knife, and cut off Korey Kauffman’s fingers and toes off. He said he put them in a black merchandise bag, and placed the bag next to the body on the tarp. Woody said he then rolled the body up with the tarp. Woody said it was his idea to cut off the fingers and the toes. They were cut off almost to where they would attach to the palms or the feet. He graphically showed us with his own hand where the fingers were cut off.
Robert Woody then testified that they put Korey Kauffman’s body in the ground, and covered him up with the soil that he had dug out of the hole. He said that Baljit Athwal was at the gate guarding. He said it took about 10 minutes to bury the body after it was put into the ground.
Woody said he went back out the gate of the side yard, and Baljit Athwal drove the truck out the gate and parked the truck in the dirt lot. He said that Daljit Atwal’s black BMW was parked in the front of the store. He said that he did not see anything left in the truck after the body was buried. Woody said he did not clean the truck.
Woody said he went back into Pop N Cork Liquors, and that the store was open. He said that Daljit Atwal was in the store at the cash register. Woody said that Baljit Athwal came into the store, and joined his brother. Robert Woody said he was in the back of the store stocking the cooler. He said that Baljit and Daljit were speaking in the front of the store in Punjabi, and that they seemed to be “Irate” and “Mad.” He said that Daljit was the loudest one talking.
Woody said that Walter Wells came into the store around 15 minutes later, and remained at the store for around 45 minutes. The store was closed at this time, and Walter Wells had drinks with Baljit and Daljit at the cash register. He said that Walter Wells came in by himself. This conflicts with testimony that I have heard earlier in this preliminary hearing.
He said that Walter Wells seemed to be having casual talk with the Athwal brothers that night. He said that Walter Wells drove up in a gray 4 door car. He said that Daljit Atwal and Baljit Athwal did not use the telephone, and Woody said that he did not use his telephone while at the store. He said that they were at the store until approximately 4:00 AM. At around this time, all 4 left the store. He said that he walked home. He said that Daljit Atwal told him to “Keep Quiet.” He said that Walter Wells did not talk to him while he was at the store, or when leaving.
Marlisa Ferreira then asks Robert Woody some more questions about when Korey Kauffman was allegedly being killed. Marlisa: “Did you see anything in Baljit’s hands?” Woody: “No.” Marlisa: “Korey Kauffman’s hands?” Woody: “No.” Woody said that Daljit was more aggressive than Baljit when they beat Korey Kauffman. He said that Daljit and Baljit did not sustain any injuries while fighting Korey Kauffman.
Woody said his mother was awake in her room when he got home. Marlisa asks Woody if he spoke to his mother when he got home. Woody: “You can’t avoid her.”
Woody says he told her he was on somebody’s property with Baljit and Daljit, and that something happened that: “I don’t want to discuss.”
Woody said that he told his mother that Daljit and Baljit where there, but no other details. Marlisa asks Woody if he told her details later. Woody said: “No.” Woody said he told his girlfriend Robin Attenhoffer what happened, but not all the details.
Marlisa Ferreira asks Woody if he went to court after the incident. Woody says: “Yes.” He says he had no conversation with Frank Carson while he was at the courtroom.
It is now 4:30 PM, and we are done for the day. Court resumes tomorrow at 10:00 AM. This is the greatest show on earth, and they are handing out passes for those that want to attend. The passes are good for a week. They seem to be completely given out at this time. I will do my best to keep everyone informed. This is the most important thing I have done in my life. The Truth Will Set Them Free.
Sincerely; William Thomas Jensen (Tom)