LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The popular Los Angeles restaurateur accused of poisoning his girlfriend to cause her to suffer a miscarriage in 2009, remains behind bars Thursday evening.
Joshua Woodward, who was an investor in the now-closed Table 8 in Los Angeles and another outlet of the same eatery in Miami, pleaded not guilty to four counts of attempted murder on Wednesday.
Woodward reportedly turned himself in to police.
Prosecutors accuse the 40-year-old of rubbing the drug misoprostol — which can terminate early-stage pregnancies — into his then-girlfriend’s abdomen at least four times in September and October 2009.
The victim, whose name has not been released, lost Woodward’s child at 13 weeks.
Thursday evening, rumors swirled that Woodman was about to post bail. Officials denied he was about to be released.
Rob Schmitt, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, said in court the DA called Woodward a danger to society “and a flight risk who has access to a private jet.”
Woodward’s attorney, Mitchell Egers, said that is nonsense. “He was arrested three years ago and charged with murder. They investigated this case for three years and they know they have a weak case. It is not murder.”
He added, “The prosecution is trying to put a good face on what is perhaps, probably a weak case.”
The prosecutor said a search of Woodward’s computer showed “drugs that induce miscarriages” and “evil ways to terminate a pregnancy” in his history.
Woodward remains held on $4 million bail.