Convicted child-killer Aric Shayne Woodard showed no remorse -- and little respect for the court -- on Wednesday afternoon when he was sentenced to death.
"I will be disgusted if people think I came here asking for mercy," said the 40-year-old York City man, who goes by Shayne. "Being slanderized and incarcerated ... has turned me into pretty much a nut. ... Halle Berry couldn't play me if I had a piano strapped to my face."
Woodard insisted he is innocent, saying being "lied on and persecuted" only serves to make a person "more like Jesus."
On Oct. 24, jurors found Woodard guilty of first-degree murder for fatally beating 2-year-old Jaques Omari Twinn on Nov. 7, 2011, while baby-sitting the boy and his little sister.
Four days later, it took the same jury two hours to unanimously agree Woodard should die for the crime. On Wednesday, presiding Common Pleas Judge Michael E. Bortner officially imposed the death sentence and ordered Woodard to pay about $1,150 in restitution for Jaques' funeral expenses.
The case: York City Detective Al Clarkson has said Woodard 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, according to Clarkson.
"(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."
At trial, Woodard said he had no romantic interest in Hayley Twinn. But on Wednesday, he professed his love for her in open court.
Refused to stand: Woodard has remained in prison awaiting his sentencing hearing Wednesday, during which the judge could only impose the sentence decided upon by jurors.
He refused to stand when Bortner entered the courtroom, even when told to do so by one of a number of sheriff's deputy who had surrounded him to ensure courtroom safety.
Throughout the hearing, Woodard slumped in his chair and smiled in apparent amusement, often shaking his head and several times rolling his head from side to side as if cracking his neck.
'Last laugh': Woodard was allowed to speak before sentencing, and claimed he was set up to take the fall for Jaques' murder. He claimed he "wasn't randomly picked" because the mayor, police chief and judges already knew his name.
"Good and evil are an illusion," he said. "I know I didn't kill him -- and so does he and so does God. I'll be back in court again and I'll get the last laugh."
He said the only reason he behaved during his trial was because sheriff's deputies has strapped a shock device onto him.
"I just didn't want my mama to see me shivering on the ground," Woodard said.
'Wasteful': Outside the courtroom Woodard's defense attorneys, Joanne Floyd and Dawn Cutaia, said they oppose the death penalty.
"Not only is the death penalty excessive and cruel and unusual punishment, it's also incredibly financially wasteful," Floyd said.
She said the imposition of a death sentence adds about $1 million in extra costs to every murder case.
"And for what?" she asked.
Pennsylvania's last execution was in 1999.
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