Joshua Woodward, a former partner in the Table 8 restaurant chain, and very well known, is now pleading guilty to attempted murder. Woodward is accused of successfully killing his unborn child, giving his girlfriend a “white, powdery, substance” that ended up killing the 13 week old fetus inside the woman.
Woodward’s girlfriend says that he used a white powdery substance, touching her with it as they had sex. A few hours later, she began to miscarry. The girlfriend found traces of the powder in her underwear.
The white powdery substance was sent to a lab, where it was discovered that Woodward had used misoprostol, a drug which is commonly used for early abortions and to induce labor.
Woodward was allegedly unsuccessful two times in trying to cause his girlfriend to miscarry with the drug before the day it did happen. She was 13 weeks pregnant at the time, New York Daily News reports.
When police encountered Woodward outside his apartment, he allegedly pulled out a “small piece of clear plastic with a white powdery substance” from his pocket and dropped it on the ground, according to the affidavit.
His girlfriend told police that he was unhappy about the pregnancy from the beginning and had asked her to have an abortion.
Police found records on Woodward’s computer of him researching how to terminate a pregnancy, including Internet searches for “ways men have forced abortions” and “evil ways to terminate a pregnancy,” New York Daily News reports.
Last week, Woodward pleaded no contest to secretly giving his girlfriend misoprostol shortly before she miscarried, Los Angeles prosecutors said, according to New York Daily News.
It is expected that Woodward will receive a nine-year prison term.