Mother of The Accused

Gretchen Woodard tells TIME of her son Mitchell's troubles and his version of the Jonesboro massacre

He didn't look real good," says Gretchen Woodard of her 13-year-old son, Mitchell Johnson. She had just seen him at the Craighead County Detention Center in Arkansas, where he and his partner, Andrew Golden, 11, are in solitary confinement, awaiting an April 29 court hearing into the Jonesboro massacre. For now, though, Gretchen is thinking about smaller matters. Her son is "thin, sallow and dehydrated, with very dry, cracked lips," she says. "I begged him to drink." But Mitch, she says, is not taken with the prison's beverage selection: tap water, milk and, on a good day, Kool-Aid. He is terrified...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!