Updated 11 months ago by Josh Breslow
A disabled Clay County man found dead Thursday night was apparently beaten and stabbed several times in the head and neck. That information comes from an autopsy completed Friday on 74-year-old Earl Woods.
A family member discovered Woods' body around 7 p.m. Thursday inside of his home on Belles Fork Road in the Lockards Creek community. State Police labeled the death a murder investigation.
"How could you not have mercy? How could you not take pity on him?" asked Dena Woods of her father-in-law's killer.
Woods was preparing to celebrate his 75th birthday on Christmas Eve.
"We knew due to his failing health, he didn't have much longer with us, and we were robbed of what little time we had left with him." said Dena Woods. "They were a heartless monster. That's the only thing I could think of how anyone could possibility hurt someone like him."
Woods was a great grandfather. He was disabled and used a wheelchair to get around.
"If they wanted his things or what he had, they could have taken it easily and he couldn't have done anything because he barely had the strength of a toddler," Dena Woods said. "I want to see this person pay for what they've done to my father in law. I want to see them pay for what they've done to him and our family."
State Police have said they have a person of interest in the case, but as of Friday evening, they have not made any arrests.
Funeral arrangements for Woods are pending.