Original story: 7/22/16
It is alleged that a 14-year old brother killed his 13-year old sister. Ashley Wood died of blunt-force trauma to her head. Ashley’s brother is in custody at the Placer County Probation Juvenile Detention Facility in Rocklin, California. He has not been charged. The police are still investigating and unsure of the motive. Source: Inquisitr: Ashley Wood: Mystery surrounds death of talented 13 year-old gymnast allegedly killed by teenage brother
Update: 7/26/16: Wood’s brother charged with her murder
Ashley Wood’s brother has been charged with murder. There is no decision yet as to whether or not he will be tried as an adult. Her brother has not been named because he is a juvenile. He denied that h had any involvement in her death. His next hearing is September 9th. Source: Sacramento Bee: California boy charged with murder in sister’s killing
Update: 7/26/16: Brother speaks out
Ashley Wood’s 22 year old brother, Austin Wood, spoke out. Austin stated his younger brother was a “good boy” and he does not understand why his brother would do this. He became frustrated with the online rumors and decided to speak out. Jeff Wood, Ashley’s father, works at the Place County District Attorney’s office. The case has been assigned to the Attorney General’s office. Source: CBS Sacramento: Brother of slain Rocklin teen speaks out
Update: 9/08/16: Brother appears in court
The 14-year-old boy accused of killing his younger sister in their Rocklin home on July 19 will make his first court appearance Friday afternoon since prosecutors from the state attorney general’s office charged him with murder.
The children’s father, Jeff Wood, was a prosecutor handling homicide cases for the Placer County District Attorney’s Office at the time of the incident.
The Placer County District Attorney’s Office announced on July 21 that it could not handle the case, citing a conflict of interest because of Wood’s employment.
“With the attorney general handling the criminal case it will allow our office to focus on giving Mr. Wood and his family the same love and support that he has given to crime victims during his 18 years of service to our county,” read a press release sent out by the Placer County District Attorney’s Office at the time.
Jeff Wood was listed in public records as a homeowner of the Monument Springs Drive home, near Interstate 80 in Rocklin, where the Rocklin Police Department said they found the body of a girl in a bedroom who appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma.
The Rocklin Police Department identified the victim as 13-year-old Ashley Wood the following day.
The Wood family has had almost no contact with the media since Ashley’s death.
Photographs of a young, grinning Ashley Wood posted on her mother’s Facebook page show her competing in gymnastics and posing with medals wrapped around her neck.
Another photograph shows Ashley Wood and the brother suspected of killing her standing next to each other on a beach, smiling.
Austin Wood, the family’s eldest son, has made a series of posts on his Facebook page dedicated to both his siblings.
In one, a video shows both Austin and Ashley Wood dancing together and lip-syncing to a song while making faces at the camera.
In another post, Austin Wood writes that he misses both of his siblings, and that he will not forget that his younger brother was a good person who “almost overcame a mental disability.” Source: Sacramento Bee: Rocklin Teen accused of killing his younger sister to appear in court on Friday