Titusville man guilty of second-degree murder in shooting of neighbors

William Woodward, who shot three of his neighbors — two of them fatally — in Titusville on Labor Day in 2012, has been found guilty of second-degree murder.

Prosecutors said Billy Woodward can be seen on a home security camera, crawling across the street from his house and opening fire on three men. Roger Picior and Gary Hembree died in the gunfire. One of them was shot 29 times, police said. Bruce Blake was hit 11 times and survived.


Woodward’s lawyer claimed that his client shot the three men because of alleged verbal abuse and threats.

The second-degree murder conviction takes the death penalty off the table for Woodward. A judge is required to sentence a person convicted of second-degree murder to a minimum sentence of 16¾ years in prison, but may also sentence the person up to the statutory maximum of life in prison.