Second suspect arrested in murder of church employee

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Shayla Jeanne Brattin By Christina O'Haver Shayla Jeanne Brattin By Christina O'Haver
Shayla Jeanne Brattin By Christina O'Haver Shayla Jeanne Brattin By Christina O'Haver
Gustin Ray Woodman By Jennifer Thomas Gustin Ray Woodman By Jennifer Thomas
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Authorities have made another arrest in the June shooting death of a church employee.

Shayla Jeanne Brattin, 23, was arrested Tuesday on felony charges of armed robbery and first-degree murder.

Police believe Brattin accompanied 24-year-old Glendale resident Gustin Ray Woodman in the killing of Mark Woodruff during a robbery attempt.

The 72-year-old man, who worked as a night custodian at a Phoenix church, was found shot early June 24 inside his vehicle in the driveway of his Glendale home. His pocket was turned out and his cellphone was missing.

Woodman was recently indicted in Maricopa County for first-degree murder after police seized his gun during a traffic stop for street racing on June 26 and later tied it to a shell casing found at the murder scene.

According to court documents, Woodman was released in July before the gun was tied to the murder but was arrested on Sept. 2 in a robbery case in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Police said he will be extradited to Arizona to face charges.

Police said Woodman admitted to killing Woodruff during the course of a robbery and told investigators he had two females with him at the time.

Police also said they found at least two different styles of shoe prints in Woodruff's front yard as well as a second gunshot through the vehicle. Only one shell casing was found.

One female was contacted in Colorado Springs. According to court documents, she admitted to being present but denied involvement in the robbery and murder although she was reportedly driving the vehicle.

She said she only knew the other female as "Batgirl" because of the Batman tattoo underneath her eye, but she believed the female's name was Sheila or Shawna.

Investigators located an unrelated Maricopa County booking photo of Brattin, which showed a Batman tattoo on her cheek.

Brattin was located near her apartment complex in the area of 19th and Northern avenues on Tuesday and arrested on a felony warrant for forgery.

She reportedly admitted to being part of the plan to rob Woodruff because she, Woodman and the other female needed money for food, rent or drugs.

She told investigators she saw Woodruff at a gas station near 43rd and Northern avenues and noticed he had cash in his wallet.

According to court documents, Brattin admitted that they followed Woodruff to his home, but she claimed she did not hear shots fired because she remained in the car with the engine running and stereo turned up.

She said Woodman ran back to the car and they fled the scene.

Woodman told investigators he only obtained Woodruff's cellphone, not his wallet.

Brattin said she woke up in her apartment the next day but did not remember how she got there.

Brattin told investigators she saw in the news that Woodruff had died and Woodman was indicted, but police say she provided details that were never released to the press.


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