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John Kevin Woodward biography: 10 things about Readytech CEO from the Netherlands


John Kevin Woodward is a gay man from the Netherlands. Here are 10 more things about him:


  1. In 1992, he lived in California, United States. He was allegedly in love with his roommate, who was the boyfriend of Laurie Anne Houts, a computer engineer at Adobe Systems in Mountain View, California. He was 7 years younger than her. On September 5, 1992, he allegedly fatally strangled her in her car in Mountain View. Police listened when her boyfriend asked him if he killed her. He asked what the investigators knew and he had no alibi. His fingerprints were located on the outside of her car but investigators failed to show he was inside the car.
  2. In 1995, he was prosecuted unsuccessfully in the killing of Houts with the jury hanging 8-4 in favor of acquittal. Jurors and defense attorneys deemed the evidence as insufficient because most of it were circumstantial besides indeterminate fingerprint samples.
  3. In 1996, he was prosecuted unsuccessfully again in the killing of Houts with the jury hanging 7-5 in favor of acquittal. After his acquittal, he moved from California to the Netherlands.
  4. On March 8, 2011, he became the president and chief executive officer of ReadyTech, an online training company based in the Netherlands with an office in Oakland, California.
  5. In 2020, the Mountain View Police Department started reexamining the case involving him and the murder of Houts in 1992.
  6. In 2021, a deoxyribonucleic (DNA) sample collected from the rope used to kill Houts in 1992 was analyzed by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Crime Laboratory using Y-STR analysis of paternal male chromosomes and it yielded a match to him.
  7. In January 2022, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office filed a case and a warrant was activated for his arrest.
  8. On July 9, 2022, he was arrested as he arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, New York, USA after traveling from the Netherlands.
  9. He was 58 years old when he was arrested on July 9, 2022.
  10. On July 11, 2022, he waived extradition while being held without bail in New York. The Mountain View Police Department has until July 29, 2022 to escort him back to Santa Clara County, California where he will be formally booked and arraigned. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

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