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Inmate charged with conspiracy to kill judge, county attorney

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A former Rice County inmate, now incarcerated in the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Oak Park Heights, has been charged with conspiracy to murder Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom and Dakota County District Judge Rex Stacey.

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The Rice County Attorney's office on Wednesday charged John Stephen Woodward, 47, with two counts of conspiracy to commit premeditated first degree murder and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree assault - great bodily harm.

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