State Police impound Woodward's car and search his home.
The shooters are not detained, searched, or drug-tested.
The State Police take written statements and interview church eyewitnesses.
Although many eyewitnesses make statements regarding Mr. Woodward being
shot after he fell to the floor, this question is not pursued further by the
The State Police fail to perform routine forensic analysis at the crime scene,
apparently failing to perform blood-spatter analysis,
and failing to account bullets not in the victim.
The State Police apparently fail to enter into evidence Woody's shirt,
which was removed at the scene, and the rug on which he collapsed.
The shooters are allowed to fill out their reports while in the same room,
with no supervision.
Acting Police Chief John Martin leaved for a three-day "previously-scheduled vacation".
December 3rd, 2001
The Shooters are interviewed by State Police Detectives after having conversations
in reference to the shooting.
Vermont State Police representatives release a public statement indicating that
proper procedures were followed in the shooting (Their investigation will not
conclude until April 2nd.)
Early December, 2001
Vermont state officials refuse to allow the victim's family to see or take possession
of the body.
The body is returned to the family only after cremation, prior to the family
obtaining legal counsel.
An independent autopsy is not performed.
December 12th, 2001
Chief Martin reveals that the officers returned to active duty on December 11th.
The second memorial service for Robert Woodward is held.
Chief Martin releases a few details of the times of events from the 911
and radio calls.
December 13th, 2001
Officials suspend all comment on the case, citing orders from Attorney General
January 6, 2002
State's Attorney Dan Davis recuses himself from the case.
January 20th, 2002
In a community forum on the shooting attended by hundreds, acting Police Chief
John Martin defends his decision to return the officers to active duty.
Eyewitness J.B.C. Thomas confronts John Martin, saying that Woodward was shot
after he had fallen.
Thomas dies suddenly nine days later.
February 7th, 2002
The shooters assign themselves to desk duty.
It is later revealed that one of the shooters continued to work on armed patrol at
the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, where he was working overtime in the
days prior to the shooting.
March 12th, 2002
Attorney General Sorrell files a motion in federal court to block all discovery by
the Woodward family's attorneys.
The family's request to see the knife is rejected despite an offer by the family to
abide by a confidentiality agreement.
Attorney General's detectives conduct additional interviews with eyewitnesses.
The interviews are not taped, and detective summaries are later presented as
evidence in the April 2nd report.
March 27th, 2002
Acting Chief John Martin is named Police Chief. No outside search for applicants
March 29th, 2002
A federal judge grants Sorrell's motion to block discovery.
April 2nd, 2002
Attorney General Sorrell holds a press conference to release his report concluding
his four-month investigation. The report accepts the account of the shooters while
disregarding, minimizing, and misrepresenting the accounts of the eighteen
Attorney General Sorrell releases the eyewitness, police, and emergency
personnel statements and interview transcripts, as well as 911 and police call
transcripts. Autopsy and ballistics reports are suppressed. Police call audio and
911 audio are not released.
May 17th, 2002
The shooters are returned to full active duty.
July 25th, 2002
At the request of the Civil Rights Division of the Federal Department of Justice,
the FBI launches a probe into whether Woodward's civil rights were violated.