The murder of Gary Hembree by William Woodward, aka Billy Woodward, in Titusville, Florida several years ago will air on Fear Thy Neighbor under the episode, “Screaming Oaks. “ William Billy Woodward, an Army vet who served in Iraq, told police detectives he was on a military mission when he slow-crawled his way across the yard and shot his neighbors, Gary Hembree and Roger Picior, to death. A third neighbor, Tim Blake, survived the shooting. Billy Woodward was given a life sentence for the double homicide and severe injury to the third victim.
The feuding residents had months of bad history behind them and some arrests stemming from prior confrontations, which led to the explosive events on Labor Day of 2012. Police say the arguments started when The Woodward family accused The Hembree’s child of stealing a birthday gift that was meant for Woodward’s daughter.
Fear Thy Neighbor episode Screaming Oaks on Investigation Discovery
When a neighbor’s daughter is accused of stealing a birthday present, fury fuels a violent and deadly altercation.
Here is Gary Hembree’s Facebook page. Below are some Facebook posts.
“To my dearest family, some things I’d like to say… But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.. I’m writing this from Heaven. Here I dwell with God above. Here, there’s no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love. Please do not be unhappy just because I’m out of sight. Remember that I’m with you every morning, noon and night. That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was gone, God picked me up and hugged me and he said, I welcome you.” It’s good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone. As for your dearest family, they’ll be here later on. I need you here badly; you’re part of of my plan. There’s so much that we have to do, to help our mortal Man. God gave me a list of things, that he wishes for me to do. And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you. And when you lie in bed at night, the day’s chores put to flight. God and I are closest to you…in the middle of the night.”
“When you think of my Life on earth, and all those loving years because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears. But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve some of the pain. Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain. I wish I could tell you all that God has planned. But if I were to tell you, you wouldn’t understand. But one thing is for certain, though my Life on earth is over. I’m closer to you now, than I ever was before. There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb; but together we can do it by taking one day at a time. It was always my philosophy and I’d like it for you to be too… That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you. If you can help somebody who’s in sorrow and pain, then you can say to God at night…. ” My day was not in Vain.” And now I am contented… That my life has been worthwhile, knowing as I passed along the way, I made someone smile. So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low, just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go. When you’re walking down a street, and you’ve got me on your mind; I’m walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.. And when it’s time for you to go… From that body to be free, remember you’re not going… You’re coming here to Me…”
The case also aired on ABC/2020. Watch Fear Thy Neighbor: “Screaming Oaks” tonight at 10/9 p.m. on ID.