Woods pleads not guilty to most recent rape charges
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
COLUMBIANA – A 20-year-old Vestavia Hills man has pleaded not guilty to the two most recent rape charges brought against him by the Helena Police Department, and is now set to appear in Shelby County Circuit Court in early 2018, according to court documents.
Samuel Woods, who lists an address on Snapwood Road in Vestavia Hills and previously listed an address in Helena, entered not guilty pleas to the two rape charges during a Nov. 30 hearing in front of Shelby County Circuit Court Judge William Bostick.
A Shelby County grand jury returned a two-count indictment against Woods on in October, upholding the two most recent rape charges brought against him by the Helena Police Department in April.
The indictments list offense dates of March 23 and April 6, during which Woods was out of jail on bond for four felony second-degree rape charges brought against him in 2016. He was indicted on the four original rape charges – Three of which were brought against him by the Alabaster Police Department and one of which was brought by the Helena Police Department – in December 2016.
In all six cases, Woods allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a female victim who was between the age of 12 and 16 while Woods was “16 years or older and at least two years older” than the victim, according to his indictments.
Woods has been in and out of the Shelby County jail several times over the past several months.
He was originally arrested on June 17, 2016, on a second-degree rape charge, and was released the following day after posting a $30,000 bond.
Woods was rearrested on another second-degree rape charge on June 25, 2016, and was released from jail on June 28, 2016, after posting a $30,000 bond. He was then arrested for a third time on June 28, 2016, and charged with two more second-degree rape charges.
He remained in jail from June 28, 2016, until his bonds were lowered through an agreement between his defense attorney and prosecutors and he posted bond on Sept. 21, 2016.
Because Woods’ two most recent rape charges came while he was out of jail on bond, Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Lara Alvis revoked his bond and ordered he be held in the Shelby County Jail without bond.
He is now set to appear in Shelby County Circuit Court for a hearing on Feb. 5, 2018, at 8:30 a.m.