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November 13, 2015: Former Restaurant Owner Pleads in Attempted Murder of Pregnant Ex-Girlfriend’s Fetus

Greg Risling, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A former national restaurateur pleaded no contest today to attempted murder for trying to induce a miscarriage of his ex-girlfriend’s fetus six years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Joshua Woodward, 43, entered his plea before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe to one count of attempted murder. He is scheduled to return to court Jan. 29 when he is expected to be sentenced to nine years in state prison.

Deputy District Attorneys Habib A. Balian of the Major Crimes Division and Marguerite Rizzo, Deputy-in-Charge of the Forensic Science Section, prosecuted the case.

Woodward, a Florida resident who once co-owned the former Table 8 restaurants in Los Angeles and South Beach, tried to induce the miscarriage on Oct. 18, 2009, by using misoprostol, a drug used in the medical community to induce labor and terminate early stage pregnancies.

Evidence presented at a preliminary hearing showed that Woodward attempted to induce the miscarriage on three other occasions.

Case BA403598 was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.