Notice of execution signed for York murderer

Christopher Dornblaser, 505-5436/@YDDornblaser
  • A Notice of Execution has been signed for a man convicted of killing a 2-year-old in 2011.
  • The date of execution is March 4.

A notice of execution has been signed for a York City man who killed a 2-year-old in 2011.

Aric Shayne Woodard, 43, formerly of West Jackson Street, was convicted of first-degree murder for fatally beating Jaques Omari Twinn on Nov. 7, 2011, while baby-sitting the boy and his little sister.

Jaques was the son of Hayley Twinn of York and Tyrone Kemp of Baltimore.

According to a release from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Secretary John Wetzel signed a notice for the execution of Woodard. The date of execution is  March 4, the release states.

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Woodward was sentenced to death on Dec. 18, 2013.

Aric Shayne Woodard (File)

The background: According to charging documents filed at the time, police were called to a home in the 100 block of West Maple Street about 2:25 p.m. Nov. 7, 2011, for a child in cardiac arrest.

Jaques was rushed to York Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:05 p.m.

York City Detective Al Clarkson said at the time that 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.

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"(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."

Other notices: In addition to Woodard, three other notices of executions were signed, according to the release.

The notices of execution for Patrick Ray Haney, Richard Andrew Poplawski, and Wayne A. Smith also were signed. Those executions are scheduled for early March as well.

Shortly after taking office, Gov. Tom Wolf  began issuing reprieves to condemned inmates, citing concerns about flaws in Pennsylvania's capital-punishment system. He has said the moratorium will remain in effect at least until he receives a report from a legislative commission that has been studying the topic for about five years, according to The Associated Press. 

The last execution in Pennsylvania was in 1999. 

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