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After last week's mistrial, a new trial for Karl Woodall is underway

Indianapolis man charged in 2017 murder
Posted at 3:54 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 15:54:19-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Karl Woodall was back in an Indianapolis courtroom Monday, one week after his first trial for a 2017 murder ended in a mistrial.

Problems with a juror forced the mistrial last week. A new jury was picked Monday and the prosecution began to call witnesses.

Woodall, a 38-year-old Indianapolis man, is charged in the March 6, 2017 murder of James Sapp who was found shot to death inside an eastside apartment.

Investigators determined the shooting stemmed from a dispute between Woodall and Sapp over money, drugs and a gun.

Woodall is already serving a 63-year prison sentence for another 2017 murder involving a different victim and not directly connected to the Sapp killing.

A few weeks after the Sapp murder, Woodall shot and killed 37-year-old Stefanie Coulson. She was found dead inside her east side home. An autopsy showed the Indianapolis woman had been shot in the head and neck "multiple times" and was stabbed over 30 times.

Coulson and Woodall knew each other and had augured over her use of his van without his knowledge.