Man gets life without parole for Rogers Forge murder

ROGERS FORGE, Md. - Dante Woods is going to jail for the rest of his life. 

The 23-year-old murdered Donte Stephens outside his Rodgers Forge home last July.

Woods’ mother pleaded with the judge to think of woods' son, who just started school.  But prosecutors brought up Wood's criminal history that started when he was 14 and that he planned this murder.

Circuit Court Judge Sherrie Bailey called the Rodgers Forge shooting a simple cold blooded execution.

According to charging documents, Stephens was living with his girlfriend and her daughter on Murdock Road in Rodgers Forge. On Sunday July 14, 2013 Woods, an acquaintance of the daughter, brought clothes to the residence to be washed. Stephens objected to this and Woods became very angry. 

 After learning this, police obtained a warrant to review call data from Woods' cell phone. That data revealed Woods' phone was within blocks of the murder scene for about an hour and a half before the murder, and then leaves immediately after the murder. 

 On the evening of the murder, Woods was interviewed by police and claimed that he was at his home in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore City at the time of the murder and said he was never in the area of Murdock Road. 

 Additionally, Woods denied being upset by the objection to his clothes being washed at the Murdock Road residence. 

 Witnesses told police that Woods told him that he was going to shoot and kill Stephens and then later told the witness he did in fact kill him, says the documents. 

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