Appeals Court Halts Scheduled Texas Execution
Associated Press, 2016/08/19
A Texas court has halted the execution of a man who was scheduled to die for a 1996 fatal robbery where he didn't pull the trigger.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals acted Friday after a bipartisan group of lawmakers signed a letter asking the state parole board for a reprieve for Jeffery Wood.
In a two-page opinion, the court ruled 7-2 that the death sentence was based on false testimony and false scientific evidence. The court said Wood will not be executed until those claims are resolved. Wood's execution was scheduled for Wednesday.
Wood was convicted under a Texas law that makes a participant in a capital murder crime equally culpable, even though it was Wood's friend who shot a store clerk.