Woods, Jackson plead guilty of murdering Rodgers Forge man

Two men accused of murdering a Rodgers Forge man in his car last summer pleaded guilty Thursday, according to a release from the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore County.

Dante Woods, 23, killed Donte Stephens, a 36-year-old Rodgers Forge man, on July 17, 2013. The release states Woods fired six shots into Stephens’s car which flipped over as a result of the shooting. Stephens was hit three times. He was pronounced dead at the scene in his overturned car. 

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Charles Jackson, a 27-year-old Baltimore resident, was Woods’s driver. Jackson and Woods waited in the area of Murdock Road in the Rodgers Forge neighborhood.

Woods was in a relationship, the release states, with Stephens’s daughter.

“There had been disagreements between Woods and Mr. Stephens,” the release states.

From a previous report:

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

Both men pleaded guilty to first degree murder. Woods is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 27, 2014. Jacksons’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 20, 2014. The state is recommending a life sentencing with all but 30 years suspended, the release states.

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