Texas halts execution of man who did not kill anyone

But in Texas, sitting in that truck and taking part in the robbery was enough to get Wood convicted of murder and onto death row.

Wood's layer questioned a witness for the prosecution, Dr James Grigson, a forensic psychiatrist who told a court in the 1990s Wood would commit future acts of violence and was a threat to society.

Wood's supporters waged an all-out campaign to stay the execution in recent days and several dozen evangelical leaders also wrote to Texas Governor Greg Abbott demanding clemency.

Wood, 43, was to be executed on Wednesday by lethal injection.

Jeffrey Wood's attorney objected to the sentence on eight claims, including the ones that the sentence was based on false testimony and false scientific evidence, the Time Warner Cable News said. Wood waited in the vehicle while Reneau went inside the store and ultimately shot and killed the store's clerk.

Under Texas' Law of Parties, a person can be charged with capital murder even if the offence is committed by someone else. Wood and Daniel Reneau attempted to rob [CNN report] a gas station in 1996. He was waiting in a auto outside the store and entered the building only after his friend shot down a shop worker. Reneau was executed in 2002.

Wood did not fire the gun in the 1996 shop robbery but Texas allows for accomplices to be convicted of murder.

"Justice is not served by executing Mr". Wood's mental capacity has been at the forefront of the argument against his execution, but was never brought before the jury that imposed his death sentence. "Three former jurors have said they feel the government's presentation to them of a discredited psychiatrist who predicted with certainty, and without evaluating Mr".

Wood's sentence had raised questions about how the state applies the death penalty.

One Republican legislator already had formally asked the Texas Board of Pardon and Paroles to recommend commuting Wood's death sentence to life imprisonment, and GOP state Rep. Jeff Leach had said before the ruling that he was collecting a bipartisan set of signatures for a similar letter to be sent this weekend.

The Death Penalty Information Center monitoring group says that 10 murder accomplices have been executed in the U.S. since 1976, five of them in Texas. It also has captured attention across the US over Wood's culpability, his mental competence and criticism surrounding his original trial.



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