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Inmate charged with conspiracy to kill Dakota County attorney, judge

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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.

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-

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