The Texas Defender Service, along with attorney Scott Sullivan, has filed a clemency petition with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on behalf of Jeffery Wood, whose execution is currently scheduled for August 21, 2008. The petition, filed with the Board on Tuesday, August 5, 2008, asks the Board to recommend a commutation of Mr. Wood’s death sentence.
Mr. Wood was convicted of capital murder under Texas’s law of parties for the actions of another person—it is undisputed that he did not shoot the victim and that he was outside at the time the murder occurred. The person who shot and killed the victim was executed by the State of Texas in 2002. Following his conviction, Mr. Wood, who because of longstanding emotional and psychological impairments was initially found incompetent to stand trial, was then sentenced to death following a complete breakdown of adversarial proceedings attributable to those same impairments.
During the penalty phase, Mr. Wood’s lawyers made no objections, cross-examined no witnesses and presented no evidence on Mr. Wood’s behalf. Additionally, the State presented the testimony of a discredited psychiatrist who had been kicked out of national and state professional associations for giving the same unethical testimony he gave in Mr. Wood’s case and who was later found by a federal district court to have consciously misled Texas juries about his experience, objectivity and accuracy in predicting future dangerousness.
My husband, Jeff Wood, is on Texas Death Row. He is sentenced for a crime that happened back in 1996. He did NOT kill anyone though. He was actually outside of the place where it all happened. He was ... more
Jeff Wood was a pissant criminal boob, and the world is better off without him. If he had chosen to get a job instead of putting himself voluntarily in a criminal undertaking, he would never have... more
I am with you on this one! What I want to know is how come these people who fight against the death penalty are so naive to really believe stories of death row inmates? They did not get on death row... more
The cousin of Kris Keeran (the murder victim) wants to save the life of Jeff Wood: "My cousin was the person killed by Danny, not Jeff. I say this as a family member who realized long ago Jeff had no ... more
I am sorry for your loss Amanda. But I am a bit confused about this statement posted by Jeff's sister in an article: "At no point in time did Jeff ever plan to kill anybody. Jeff was threatened by... more
I cannot belive I have never seen this post before now. Kriss is also a 1st cousin of mine and I think they were both responsible. Jeff is just as guilty as Daniel because he assisted in the robbery. ... more
What is the Law of Parties? Penal Code: 1.02 Objectives of Code (1) to insure the public safety through: B. the rehabilitation of thise convicted of violations of this code; and C. such punishment as ... more
PARTIES AND THE US SUPREME COURT The US Supreme Court held that imposition of the death penalty on a person who aids and abets a felony in the course of which a murder is committed by others but who... more
Texas Man Who Didn't Kill to Will Be Executed Jeff Wood Didn't Kill Kris Keeran, but He Is Set to Be Executed for Keeran's Death By SCOTT MICHELS Aug. 8, 2008 — Texas is scheduled to put a man to... more
Wood seeks reprieve By Caleb Chapman The Daily Times Published August 9, 2008 Jeffery Lee Wood does not deserve to die. That’s the plea made in an application to the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole ... more
Friends-- Here is the letter than Ramsey promised me he would write for Jeff. I think it is very good, very persuasive. I had to get a box of Kleenex when I read it because Ramsey mentions the case... more
RAMSEY CLARK LAWRENCE W. SCHILLING 37 WEST 12TH STREET NEW YORK, N.Y. 10011 212-989-6613 212-979-1583 FAX August 12, 2008 The Honorable Rick Perry Governor, State of Texas State Capitol, Room 2S.I... more
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Mike Farrell Writes Letter Asking for Clemency for Jeff Wood From: Mike Farrell August 11, 2008 Ms. Rissie Owens, Chair Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles 8610 Shoal Creek... more
Should murder accomplices face execution? By John Gramlich, Stateline.org Staff Writer An execution last month in Mississippi and another scheduled for this month in Texas have reignited a debate... more
Defense Lawyers Try to Halt Execution By Jordan Smith Since Texas reinstated the death penalty in 1976, only six people have been executed for a murder in which they did not directly participate,... more