A Bowling Green man charged in a 2015 shooting that occurred moments after a child custody exchange received pretrial diversion after pleading guilty.
Timothy Joe Woodard, 31, pleaded guilty Monday in Warren Circuit Court to first-degree wanton endangerment.
Woodard accepted a plea agreement that reduced his charge from a more serious count of first-degree assault. If he completes the five-year pretrial diversion period without committing another offense, the conviction will come off his record.
Court records indicate Woodard shot Kenneth Marshall with a handgun on April 5, 2015, on Veterans Memorial Lane near Kentucky Street.
Marshall, a Clarksville, Tenn., resident who was 34 at the time of the incident, was wounded in the abdomen, treated at The Medical Center and released.
The Bowling Green Police Department learned that Woodard drove his sister that day to BGPD headquarters to pick up her daughter from Marshall, the child’s father.
Marshall traveled to the scene with his wife, according to police records.
After the exchange, both vehicles turned onto Kentucky Street and turned left at the intersection onto Veterans Memorial Lane.
Shortly after turning, the vehicle carrying Marshall stopped and Marshall got out, ran toward Woodard’s vehicle and opened the driver’s side door, according to court records.
Woodard told police a scuffle ensued and that he shot Marshall in self-defense.
Woodard’s attorney, Alan Simpson, had filed a motion to dismiss the assault charge against Woodard, arguing that he was justified in using physical force against Marshall during the incident.
Marshall was not armed, and no words were exchanged between Marshall and Woodard during the incident, police records said.
Warren County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kori Bumgarner argued in a response to the motion that Woodard heard no threats and saw no weapon in Marshall’s possession.
Warren Circuit Judge Steve Wilson overruled the motion to dismiss.
At some point while the case was pending, Marshall died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, court records said.
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