Did Woody Harrelson's Father Kill a Texas Judge in 1979?

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The actor once said he didn't feel Charles Harrelson "was much of a father."
Actor Woody Harrelson's father, Charles Harrelson, was convicted of murder in the May 1979 killing of U.S. District Judge John H. Wood Jr. in San Antonio, Texas.

In 2021, the internet turned its attention to Woody Harrelson, the famous actor known for his roles in "Cheers" and later "The Hunger Games" trilogy, and a dark chapter of his family history.

The reemergence of a 2017 San Antonio Express-News story highlighted the "crime of the century" for the city, when Charles Harrelson, the actor's father, shot and killed U.S. District Judge John H. Wood Jr. on May 29, 1979.

According to the report, "a drug trafficker and flamboyant gambler originally from El Paso, Jamiel 'Jimmy' Chagra, paid Harrelson $250,000 to kill Wood because Chagra feared a trial and sentencing by 'Maximum John.' Wood earned the moniker for his reputation of giving tough sentences to drug traffickers."

The report described Charles as…
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