By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A Berrien County, Ga. jury found John D. Woods, 38, guilty of the 2009 killing of 24-year-old Travis Sauls. Woods brought Sauls’ body to Madison County where he burnt the remains.
According to a report published in the Oct. 7, 2009 edition of The Madison County Carrier:
A telephone call to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office on the evening of Friday, Oct. 2, resulted in a two-state homicide investigation.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the caller reported finding what appeared to be charred human skeletal remains. Sgt. Randy Jansch responded to the location, west of Highway 53 and south of Interstate 10 in Madison County.
Jansch called Capt. Mark W. Joost, the Chief Investigator for the Sheriff’s Office, to assist at the scene.
Sheriff Ben Stewart, Chief Deputy Epp Richardson, Sgt. Inv. Tina DeMotsis and Bill Pfeil, Special Investigator for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) also responded to the scene.
On Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, Woods surrendered to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office in Nashville, Ga.
The subsequent investigation revealed that on the previous Monday, Sept. 28, or Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, Woods allegedly shot and killed Sauls in Berrien County, Ga. following a disagreement. He then transported the body to the secluded area south of Interstate 10 in Madison County.
Woods escaped from custody, while serving house arrest. He eluded authorities for three weeks before being caught, attempting to board a bus in Perry.
After the jury returned their verdict on Friday, Sept. 16, the judge in the case sentenced Woods to life in prison plus 10 years.