California tech company CEO arrested on murder charges for 1992 strangulation death of woman

John Kevin Woodward was taken into custody last week at JFK International Airport after his flight arrived in New York City from Amsterdam.

Prosecutors have long suspected Woodward in the case, alleging that he wasopenly jealous” van die slagoffer, 25-year-old Laurie Houts, because he haddeveloped an unrequited romantic attachment to his roommate,” who was Houts’ kêrel.

Laurie Houts was 25 years old when she was strangled to death after leaving work in 1992.

Laurie Houts was 25 years old when she was strangled to death after leaving work in 1992. (Mountain View Police Department)

Houts, a computer engineer at Adobe Systems, was found strangled to death in her car after she left work on September 5, 1992.

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Woodward was tried twice for the crime in the 1990s, but both trials resulted in a hung jury. A judge dismissed the case after the second attempt, saying that new evidence would need to be presented to try him again for the same crime.

Mountain View Police Department detectives reopened the case in late 2020 and submitted evidence to the Santa Clara County Crime Lab for analysis.

Police say that new DNA technology linked Woodward to evidence found at the crime scene.

Police say that new DNA technology linked Woodward to evidence found at the crime scene. (Mountain View Police Department)

Laas jaar, detectives were able to link Woodward to the rope that was found around Houtsneck usingnew developments in forensic science technology,” the Santa Clara County District Attorney said this week.

“Oor 80 latent fingerprints that were also collected at the time of Laurie’s death were re-examined by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Identification Unit, which resulted in even more fingerprints matching Woodward,” the Mountain View Police Department said.

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The Justice Department also coordinated with Dutch authorities to execute a search warrant at Woodward’s home in the Netherlands, where multiple computers and USB drives were seized.

Houts' family said that Laurie's ‘bright life was taken from us at the age of 25.’

Houtsfamily said that Laurie’s ‘bright life was taken from us at the age of 25.’ (Mountain View Police Department)

Houtsfamily said that they are hopeful that the justice can be served 30 years after Laurie was murdered.

The way Laurie lived and treated people was a stunning example of what was right in the world,” the family said in a statement. “She was a gem to so many, but her bright life was taken from us at the age of 25.

Woodward, the CEO of online training company Readytech, will be extradited to Santa Clara County.

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