Texas inmate receives stay of execution in death penalty case

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday, August 19 granted a stay of execution for 43-year-old Jeffrey Wood, who was involved in a robbery killing 20 years ago.

In 1996, 22-year-old Wood sat in a pickup truck outside a gas station as he waited for his friend, Daniel Reneau, to carry out a plan to rob the store. However, once inside, Reneau killed the store clerk. Because of the Texas statute commonly referred to as the “law of parties”, Wood, as a conspirator to Reneau, was guilty of all felonies committed by Reneau, even if he was himself unaware it would happen.

Wood received a stay of execution after the court ruled that his attorney needed more time to argue that Wood’s learning disability and low IQ affected his ability to make sense of actions and words.

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