Judge Woody Clarke Dies Suddenly: Court

He helped prosecute the O.J. Simpson trial

By Chuck Westerheide
|  Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012  |  Updated 6:26 AM PDT
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O.J. Simpson Trial DNA Expert Dies Suddenly

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Prosecutor George "Woody" Clarke(L) looks at an Autorad X-ray of DNA held by Dr. Robin Cotton(R), of Cellmark Diagnostics, the company that did all the DNA blood work in the Simpson double murder trial. The X-ray shows the DNA of OJ Simpson, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman.

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One of the DNA experts who took part in the O.J. Simpson trial died suddenly Tuesday.

San Diego Superior Court Judge George "Woody" Clarke, 61, worked for many years as an expert in DNA evidence.

Before becoming a judge in San Diego, Clarke was a deputy district attorney who was an expert in using DNA as a forensic tool.

He helped prosecute the O.J. Simpson trial as a DNA expert and the David Westerfield case here in San Diego. Clarke also wrote a book on prosecuting with DNA evidence.

Clarke was honored as the Prosecutor of the Year by the California District Attorneys Association in 2003. He worked at the District Attorney's office for 21 years, according to officials.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said Clarke stood out as a kind man with a caring spirit.

"He was truly one of the good guys," she said in a statement. "He will be missed by a great many people in the District Attorney’s Office, the Superior Court, and the legal community here in San Diego and across the nation.”

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