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October 27, 2009

8 Oz. Burger Bar Owner Josh Woodward Arrested On Suspicion of Murder

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Josh Woodward, owner of South Beach's 8 Oz. Burger Bar, was arrested Sunday in Los Angeles and is being held on at the Wilshire Division jail in lieu of a $2 million bail on suspicion of murder for the death of an unborn child believed to be his. Police say the arrest happened after an investigation on Monday revealed "suspicious circumstances of a miscarriage" that was reported on October 19. The fetus was estimated to be in its 13th week. While police released no information on the mother, the only girlfriend most people associated Woodward with was Miami writer Suzy Buckley, whose most recent activity on Facebook says "Suzy is no longer listed 'in a relationship.'" We contacted Buckley, who clarified that she is not the mother-in-question and has no idea who the woman is. "Understandably, I have ended the relationship," she says.  Because police didn't present their case to prosecutors Tuesday as planned, prosecutors didn't file charges against Woodward, who was expected to be freed from jail if not formally charged within 48 hours. According to the LA Times, "Woodward was suspected of placing an unspecified powder in the vaginal area of his girlfriend." LA police called the case "unusual" and said the investigation was continuing. Tragic.

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