Despite screaming and cursing for at least an hour as he waited in a courtroom holding cell, Aric Shayne Woodard remained calm -- though not quiet -- after being brought to the courtroom, even as jurors announced they'd found him guilty of first-degree murder.
The same jury will have to decide whether to sentence Woodard to death or to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jurors deliberated about 4-1/2 hours before reaching their verdict.
The trial's penalty phase is set to begin Monday morning.
Jurors also had the option of finding Woodard guilty of either third-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter, but rejected those choices.
Prior to the verdict being read, 13 sheriff's deputies positioned themselves throughout the courtroom -- something Woodard did not fail to notice.
"All this for me?" he asked as he was led to the defense table. He laughed and smiled.
"Everybody be scared."
Woodard remained calm and never lost the smile on his face as he listened to the jury's verdict.
Mocked prosecution: After jurors left the courtroom, Woodard faced York City Detective Al Clarkson and first assistant district attorney Jennifer Russell and clapped his hands at them, still smiling.
"Good job, good job," he said mockingly.
Woodard also mildly chided his own defense attorneys, then turned around to console his family and friends, some of whom were crying.
He made eye contact with The York Dispatch reporter and asked, "You writing all this down?"
Earlier this week, during a break in trial, Woodard told Clarkson he hated him, according to Clarkson.
"He can hate me all he wants," the detective said after the verdict. "He's going to jail for the rest of his life -- at least."
The case: Russell convinced jurors that Woodard, 40, of West Jackson Street, fatally beat 2-year-old Jaques Twinn on Nov. 7, 2011, while baby-sitting the boy and his 1-year-old sister.
Clarkson said Woodard, who goes by Shayne, left the children alone to go to a nearby store and that when he returned, he assaulted the child after realizing Jaques had smeared feces on the kitchen carpet.
Woodard had feelings for the children's mother, Hayley Twinn, but she did not reciprocate, Clarkson said.
"(Woodard) became frustrated that day," the detective has said. "He knew she was out with somebody else, and he realized she was using him to watch her kids while she was out with another guy."
Earlier this week, forensic pathologist Dr. Samuel Land testified at length to the numerous injuries he documented while performing an autopsy on Jaques.
They included injuries to the child's brain, face, ear, stomach, back, buttocks and legs, as well as internal abdominal injuries that included a badly lacerated liver.
Alternate theory: Trial defense attorney Joanne Floyd argued Jaques drowned in the bathtub, and that the injuries he suffered were primarily from aggressive, prolonged CPR.
A forensic pathologist for the defense testified that was his medical opinion.
The other half of the defense team, Dawn Cutaia, will now take over for the penalty phase.
'Distraught': Cutaia said Woodard has instructed her not to present any mitigating evidence at the penalty phase, which increases the chance he will receive the death penalty.
"My client is emotionally distraught ... and I'm not going to rely on his ability to make a decision right now," she said.
Cutaia said she will discuss the issue with Woodard, but said no matter what he decides, she still believes she must try to save his life.
"Whether he wants me to or not, I believe I have an ethical obligation to put on mitigating evidence," she said.
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