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Mother of slain Texas woman says long-haul trucker suspect asked her to ‘say he didn’t do it’

Upset after an argument with her long-haul trucker boyfriend, 37-year-old Candace Woodruff decided she’d eat a dinner of instant noodles alone in the cab of his tractor-trailer rather than stay with him in their New York motel room.

But Willie Hart, with whom she’d traveled the country the last five years, found her in the parking lot and strangled her during her meal, according to Suffolk County prosecutors, who said police arrived to find the victim bloodied and “Ramen noodles” all over.

Hart then allegedly asked the victim’s mother to testify in his defense, a request she told Fox News Digital she rejected outright.

“I never thought he could have, but everything they told me, it’s him,” Cynthia Morrow told Fox News Digital. “He’s the only one who could have done it.”

The couple had been together on and off about five years, Morrow said. The relationship had its ups and downs, according to Morrow, but she said she never would have predicted the sudden violence.

“She was very happy,” Morrow said. “Now she’s gone.”

Prosecutors revealed in court last week that the truck driver’s prior criminal history includes convictions for drug and weapons charges in New York AND domestic violence and escape charges out of state.

Hart is due back before a judge Nov. 15. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. Prosecutors asked the judge to have him held without bail.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 (SAFE).

Michael Ruiz is a reporter for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to michael.ruiz@fox.com and on Twitter: @mikerreports

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