Brandon Dale Woodruff was convicted in March 2009 of murdering his parents after Texas prosecutors presented a homophobic narrative against the gay boy which seemingly played well to a conservative jury in the Bible belt.
Among the homophobic arguments made was that because Brandon Woodruff -- only 19 at the time of the double murder -- was not out to all his old friends he was living a "double life" which evidenced a deceitful side. The state prosecutors might as well have just called him the talented Mr. Ripley. Of course, a gradual coming out process is relatively common among gay teens, and for prosecutors to argue that this process demonstrates a character flaw necessarily prejudiced Brandon Woodruff before the jury which did not have a high opinion of homosexuals to begin with. Indeed, out of the fourteen (including two alternate) jurors chosen to judge Brandon, eight of them "feel or believe that being homosexual or gay is morally wrong" according to the voir dire during the selection process. The trial record tangibly demonstrates that the homophobic "double life" argument was a successful tactic in prejudically turning minds against Brandon Woodruff.
The homophobic narrative against Brandon Woodruff is particularly egregious because there were so many investigative blunders and so little actual evidence, and one only can wonder on what basis the jury was relying upon in convicting him other than the fact he was gay.
05/11/18 UPDATE: My new book Railroaded: The Homophobic Prosecution of Brandon Woodruff for His Parents' Murders has been released today, and is available at Amazon: "In October 2005 19-year-old Brandon Woodruff was charged with murdering his parents in a rural northeast Texas town in the heart of the Bible belt. There was no direct evidence tying him to the gruesome crime -- no eyewitnesses, no murder weapons, no bloody prints -- but investigators were convinced the teen boy was living a double life who killed when his two worlds supposedly collided. Brandon was a horse wrangler and attending Abilene Christian Univeristy, and he also was a porn actor and dancing at Dallas gay clubs. There was no double life; just a boy coming out. At trial in March 2009 the prosecution took a coming out story, and turned Brandon into The Talented Mr. Ripley. Eight of the jurors believed 'that being homosexual or gay is morally wrong,' and the jury convicted him after deliberating only five hours. Brandon Woodruff was railroaded with a homophobic narrative, and is serving a life sentence without parole."