Homewood man goes on trial in Munster heroin case

2014-02-03T20:03:00Z 2014-02-04T16:42:04Z Homewood man goes on trial in Munster heroin caseBY LU ANN FRANKLIN Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 03, 2014 8:03 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Homewood man charged with intent to deliver heroin in Munster in September 2012.

Derrick R. Woods, 41, faces one Class A felony count of dealing in a narcotic drug in the case before Lake Criminal Judge Samuel L. Cappas.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Munster Police Officer Timothy Nosich observed Woods at Hohman Avenue and Beverly Place at 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 13, 2012, exiting a taxi cab. Nosich recognized Woods from a previous incident and from recent intelligence bulletins about Woods dealing drugs in the area and in Chicago's south suburbs, the court documents state.

The officer observed Woods holding something in his right hand. When Nosich approached Woods, the affidavit indicates that Woods fled and was caught by Nosich when he tried to climb over a fence.

As Woods fell to the ground, he dropped two plastic bags, each containing several smaller bags of an off-white brownish powdery substance, the affidavit states. The substance field tested positive for heroin and weighed 5.7 gross grams, the court documents state.

During jury selection, Lake County Prosecutor Angela Matozzi told prospective jurors that “this is not TV. We don’t have all the fun stuff they have on TV.”

Both Matozzi and Stigler reminded those called for jury duty that the burden of proof is completely the prosecution’s responsibility and that Woods is presumed innocent.

“The prosecution does not have to prove not beyond a shadow of a doubt. It is beyond a reasonable doubt,” Matozzi said.

The trial resumes at 9:30 a.m. today.

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