Bobby W. Woods - As Texas reopens its execution chamber
Wed Dec 2, 2009 13:38

Video From Death Row: Possibly Retarded Prisoner Faces Execution

Renee Feltz
Multimedia investigative reporter based in New York City
Posted: December 1, 2009

As Texas reopens its execution chamber after a Thanksgiving break, the first man set to die may be mentally retarded. A 2002 Supreme Court ruling bans the execution of mentally retarded prisoners. But after years of being represented by a discredited attorney who ruined any chance for an appeal based on his disabilities, the fate of Bobby Wayne Woods rests with the state Board of Pardons and Paroles which can recommend clemency or a reprieve to Gov. Perry. "It's a long shot at best," Woods' attorney Maurie Levin says of the clemency request, "but I think it's very important to do."

Test scores during his childhood and incarceration show Bobby Woods has an IQ that hovers at or below 70 -- the cut-off point for mental retardation. He reads at a second grade level and writes childlike letters -- many of which are photocopied and presented as evidence in his clemency request. Levin asked the board to grant a 60-day reprieve so that she can produce a videotape of Woods "to adequately present a full picture of his limitations." She has sued Texas prison officials over their refusal to allow her to record such a video herself. The Texas Observer captured Woods on tape last week during an on-camera interview, and now you can watch the video that Levin wants the clemency board to see.

Click here to see videos and the full story from The Texas Observer.

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    • Bobby W. Woods - As Texas reopens its execution chamber — Petra, Wed Dec 2 13:38
      • December 4, 2009 Inmate With Low I.Q. Nears Execution in Texas By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr. HOUSTON — A 44-year-man whose lawyers claim he is mentally retarded is scheduled to be executed Thursday... more
      • That is one of the saddest videos Ive seen does Bobby even know whats going on?Its very clear that her retarded this shouldn't be allowed to happen.Bobby reminds me of a boy when i was growing up he... more
      • Bobbie Woods and Proper Justiceqwkinuf, Thu Dec 3 00:06
        On April 30, 1997, Bobby Wayne Woods entered the home of his ex-girlfriend Schwana Patterson through an open window. Woods then raped her 11-year daughter, Sarah, then abducted her and her 9-year-old ... more
        • qwkinufxkittenx, Fri Dec 4 16:28
          It has also been stated that the books Bobby took out the library he could only read 3 letter words and did not understand the bigger words it was also stated that many of the books taken out were... more
        • Re: Bobbie Woods and Proper JusticeYvette Holden, Fri Dec 4 01:04
          All murders are appalling even state murder, two wrongs don't make it right. When society can remove and separate these people they should not be killing them. We have been protected against him all... more
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