Charles Harrelson

American murderer Charles Harrelson

Charles Voyde Harrelson was an American organized crime figure who was convicted of assassinating federal judge John H. Wood, Jr. , the first federal judge killed in the 20th century. He was the estranged father of actor Woody Harrelson.
Charles Harrelson's personal information overview.
23 July 1938

Photo Albums

Popular photos of Charles Harrelson
View family, career and love interests for Charles Harrelson
News about Charles Harrelson from around the web
Judge Frederic Block: Risk and Reward: Inside the Life of a Federal Judge
Huffington Post - about 5 years
The startling revelation last month of the death threat against my colleague Judge Joseph Bianco, which was nipped in the bud by the F.B.I., reminded me of the death threat made against me a few years ago by Anthony Casso, who went by the charming nickname "Gaspipe." I wrote about this in my recently released book Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge. The purpose of the book was to try to reach out to the general public to create greater transparency about the real world of federal trial judges and what we really do. In the chapter titled "The Risks," I wrote about my colleagues who have been assassinated and the huge number of threats that are investigated each year by the F.B.I. and Marshal's Service. I did this so that the public would be aware that judges (as well as federal prosecutors and all other federal court officials) are truly at risk in the service of our country. In light of the death threat to Judge Bianco, here are excerpt...
Article Link:
 Huffington Post article
Charles Harrelson McKinley
Ark City - almost 6 years
Charles Harrelson McKinley, 77, of Arkansas City, died Sunday, April 8, 2012, at his residence.
Article Link:
 Ark City article
Charles H. Gurley - TheHerald
Google News - almost 7 years
CLAYTON: Charles Harrelson Gurley, age 67, of Clayton died at Duke University Hospital surrounded by his family on Thursday, April 21, 2011. He was the son of the late Charles Harvey Gurley and Sadye Reid Morris Gurley of Goldsboro, NC
Article Link:
 Google News article
Loves the Beach, The Planet and Movies
NYTimes - about 10 years
WOODY HARRELSON was late. Not Hollywood, Big Star late, just a few tardy minutes because he couldn't talk a meter here into giving him more than 15 minutes, and had wasted all his quarters. He had no ''people'' in tow to park the car. He cadged a few quarters from the folks at the restaurant Juliano's Raw, left to find a more forgiving parking spot
Article Link:
 NYTimes article
Arts, Briefly
NYTimes - almost 11 years
Britney Spears Leaves Rehab Britney Spears is out. What remains to be seen is if she'll be around. Ms. Spears, 25, checked out of the Promises Malibu Alcohol and Drug Rehab Treatment Facility ''after successfully completing their program,'' her manager, Larry Rudolph, said in a statement released by Jive Records late on Tuesday, The Associated
Article Link:
 NYTimes article
Reporter's Notebook; Despite the Praise, These Shows Won't Be Back
NYTimes - over 26 years
The three broadcast networks will carry fewer hours of prime-time programs in the future, with local stations gaining access to the hours that the networks will be abandoning, Robert A. Iger, the president of ABC Entertainmentpredicted today. In a press conference here today, Mr. Iger said the subject of scaling down the network had come up at some
Article Link:
 NYTimes article
Man Freed in Judge's Death
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: Joe Chagra, a former lawyer who spent nearly six years in prison for plotting the assassination of a Federal judge, has been released on parole. Mr. Chagra, 41 years old, pleaded guilty in 1982 to conspiring to kill Federal District Judge John H. Wood Jr., who had been scheduled to preside over the drug trial of Mr. Joe Chagra, a former
Article Link:
 NYTimes article
Retrial of Conspiracy Charge Ordered in Murder of Judge
NYTimes - about 33 years
A Federal appeals court has overturned the conviction of Elizabeth Chagra on charges that she conspired to kill a Federal judge the day before he was to have presided over her husband's trial on drug smuggling charges. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Friday that prosecutors in the case had failed to show the necessary
Article Link:
 NYTimes article
AROUND THE NATION; Trial in Judge's Killing Brings Perjury Decision
NYTimes - almost 35 years
Jo Ann Harrelson was found guilty today of lying to a Federal grand jury about the purchase of a hunting rifle that might have been used by her husband, Charles Harrelson, to kill a Federal judge. Mrs. Harrelson, 42 years old, was accused of lying in her testimony about the purchase of the weapon implicated in the assassination of Federal District
Article Link:
 NYTimes article
AROUND THE NATION; Lawyer Gets 10 Years In U.S. Judge's Slaying
NYTimes - about 35 years
Saying he was sorry and had no excuses for his role in the slaying of Federal Judge John H. Wood Jr., an El Paso lawyer was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for conspiracy in the case. ''I know it sounds shallow and inadequate to say I'm sorry, but I am sorry,'' Joe Chagra, the lawyer, quietly told Federal District Judge William Sessions. ''My
Article Link:
 NYTimes article
NYTimes - about 35 years
After 18 hours of deliberation, a Federal jury, several members in tears, found three defendants guilty today on six counts of planning, carrying out and trying to cover up the assassination of Federal District Judge John H. Wood Jr. After the collective verdicts were announced, each of the nine women and three men on the jury, which began
Article Link:
 NYTimes article
NYTimes - about 35 years
The Government's case against three people charged in the murder of Federal District Judge John H. Wood Jr. went to the jury today. After about four and a half hours of deliberations, the jurors retired for the night. They are to resume deliberations at 1 P.M. Sunday. Earlier the chief prosecutor argued that the alibi of Charles Voyde Harrelson,
Article Link:
 NYTimes article
NYTimes - about 35 years
Charles Harrelson killed a Federal judge here ''in cold blood,'' and four people who testified he was in Dallas at the time were wrong, a prosector argued today. The prosecutor, John Emerson, led off the final arguments in the trial by attacking the testimony of the four witnesses Mr. Harrelson called in defense of a charge that he murdered Judge
Article Link:
 NYTimes article
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles Harrelson
  • 2007
    Age 68
    He was found unresponsive in his cell on March 15, 2007, having died of a heart attack; and an autopsy showed he had severe coronary artery disease.
    More Details
  • 1995
    Age 56
    On July 4, 1995, Harrelson and two other inmates, Gary Settle and Michael Rivers, attempted to escape from the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary using a makeshift rope.
    More Details
  • 1989
    Age 50
    According to Jim Marrs in 1989's Crossfire, Harrelson is believed to be the youngest and tallest of the "three tramps" by many conspiracy theorists.
    More Details
  • 1980
    Age 41
    In September 1980, Harrelson surrendered to police after a six-hour standoff in which he was reportedly "high on cocaine".
    More Details
  • 1979
    Age 40
    On May 29, 1979, U.S. District Judge John H. Wood Jr. was shot dead in the parking lot outside his San Antonio, Texas, townhouse.
    More Details
  • 1978
    Age 39
    Shortly after Harrelson was paroled in 1978, he was implicated in another murder.
    In 1978, after serving 5 years, he was released early for good behavior.
  • 1973
    Age 34
    Harrelson was retried in 1973, convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
  • 1968
    Age 29
    Prior to the Wood murder, Harrelson was tried for the 1968 murder-for-hire killing of Sam Degelia Jr., a resident of Hearne, Texas.
    More Details
    Defended by Percy Foreman, Harrelson was tried for the 1968 murder of Alan Harry Berg (no relation to the Denver talk radio DJ Alan Berg, later murdered by white supremacists).
    More Details
    According to Woody, his father disappeared from the family's home in Houston in 1968, leaving his wife Diane to raise Woody and his two brothers.
    More Details
  • 1960
    Age 21
    In 1960, he was convicted of armed robbery.
    More Details
  • 1938
    Charles Harrelson was born on July 23, 1938, in Huntsville, Texas, the son of Alma Lee (née Sparks) and Voyde Harrelson.
    More Details
Original Authors of this text are noted here.
None of the information offered by Spokeo is to be considered for purposes of determining or making a decision about a person's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, housing (tenant screening), or for any other purposes covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Spokeo is not a consumer reporting agency and does not offer consumer reports. Spokeo gathers information from public sources, which may not be complete, comprehensive, accurate, or up-to-date, so do not use this service as a substitute for your own due diligence, especially if you have concerns about a person's criminal history. Spokeo does not verify or evaluate each piece of data, and makes no warranties or guarantees about any of the information offered.