Harrelson's Dad Dies in Prison
Actor's father was serving two life sentences
Charles Voyde Harrelson was found unresponsive on Thursday, March 15 in his cell at Supermax federal prison in Florence, Colorado, report news sources.
He apparently died of natural causes.
Harrelson was sentenced to two life terms for the May 29, 1979 assassination fo U.S. District Judge John H. Wood, Jr. outside his home in San Antonio, Texas. Harrelson was reportedly hired by local drug dealer Jamiel Chagra, who didn't want the judge -- nicknamed "Maximum John" for his reputation of handing down long sentences for drug offenses -- to preside at his upcoming trial.
Although Harrelson claimed that he was over 200 miles away during the time of the killing, he was eventually convicted based on an anonymous tip and a taped conversation between Chagra and his brother. When Chagra was alter released from prison, he claimed that Harrelson did not in fact murder Judge Wood and that the taped conversation that led to Harrelson's conviction was staged.
Harrelson was previously convicted of the 1968 killing of grain dealer Sam Degilia in Edinburg, Texas and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was free in five years. Harrelson also once claimed that he was involved with John F. Kennedy's assassination, but there is no proof his claims.
Woody Harrelson unsuccessfully tried to have his father's conviction overturned and secure a new trial.
The actor's credits include "White Men Can't Jump," "Natural Born Killers," "The People vs. Larry Flynt," "North Country," "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio" and "A Scanner Darkly." He's also known as Woody from the sitcom "Cheers."