Kidnapping, attempted murder suspect pleads no contest

By From page A3 | October 31, 2012

Dustin James Woodruff, 27, appeared in court Monday afternoon to plead to one of the counts charged against him.

After defense attorney David Brooks and deputy district attorney Gloria Mas approached the bench, the matter was trailed for some time and other cases called.

The case was recalled and Judge Douglas C. Phimister announced that each of the cases — three total — had a petition filed regarding two incidents, one on Sept. 10 and another on Sept. 25.

On Sept. 10, Woodruff allegedly violated his probation terms when he did not contact the Probation Department and his location was unknown. Woodruff admitted the violation.

He then plead no contest to a charge of evading a peace officer with willful disregard to public safety, a felony.

A review hearing for the case was then set for Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. in Department 7.

The charges are in connection with the alleged kidnapping, shooting and beating of Bryan Santana, 35, of Placerville, on July 2 of this year. Santana sought treatment at Marshall Hospital for what he claimed was a motorcycle accident, later admitting to being shot but unsure of who shot him. An investigation uncovered that it was allegedly Woodruff who had kidnapped and later shot Santana. Woodruff was also wanted on unrelated out-of-county arrest warrants.

Cole Mayer

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