***DISCLAIMER*** THIS ARTICLE IS WRITTEN TO UPDATE AND CLAIRIFY JEFF’S CURRENT STATUS. FOR THE HISTORY OF HIS CASE PLEASE REFER TO [http://savejeffwood.com/].
There is nothing more terrifying than the thought that your government can just murder you with impunity for a crime that you did not even commit. Such is the case for Texas Death Row inmate Jeffrey Lee Wood, who has spent the last 21 years in solitary confinement and who has no end in sight to his incarceration in that brutally hot 7x11 foot cell despite the Kerr Co. DA’s letter urging clemency and outlining some of the mistakes that she herself made as a junior prosecutor with only 13 months trial experience prior to her seeking the death penalty in the 1996 murder of convenience store clerk Kris Keeran.
It took former Kerr County prosecutor, now the elected District Attorney Lucy Wilke, 20 years to finally come out and say that she was wrong in seeking the death penalty in Jeff’s case, even detailing reasons why she was wrong, as can be seen here in the copy of the official letter that she sent to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles requesting that Wood’s sentence be commuted to Life. A request which was denied for the sole reason that Jeffrey Lee Wood had not received a third execution date at the time of the submission of her letter.
Which is what Jeff and his family are still facing today. The impending possibility that Jeff will receive yet another execution date in the future is what is now keeping he and his family up nights.
Can you imagine the horror that Jeff and his family face every day worrying that The State could arbitrarily issue yet a third execution date despite the recommendations of the prosecuting attorney and even though he has been labeled the “least culpable person to be executed in the modern era of the death penalty.” A quote attributed to Scott Cobb, president of Texas Moratorium Network, a group that advocates against capital punishment.
In the interim Wood is still sitting in solitary confinement on Death Row. A commutation of his sentence, as recommended by the prosecuting attorney in his case, would at least mean that he could be moved out of solitary and into general population, which would not only boost his morale, but save taxpayers a great deal of money.
The fact that Lucy Wilke claims to not know that “Dr. Death” Grigson had been expelled from his profession prior to calling him as an expert witness regarding Wood’s future capacity to commit a crime seems almost ludicrous, considering the fact that Grigson had been kicked out of every national association of psychiatrists he had been registered with for over three years before he testified, as he did in every single case he was called in for, regardless of the fact that he had absolutely no contact with many of the defendants against whom he testified, that Jeffrey Lee Wood was capable of unrepentant criminal behavior.
Something is rotten in the State of Texas. It is a little known and even lesser understood part of criminal code related to the federal felony murder rule, called the Law of Parties, that states that if someone you are with commits a crime that you can be held just as accountable. This “law” is poorly written and ambiguous at best, and at worst, we have the examples of Kenneth Foster and Jeffrey Lee Wood to illustrate just what happens when the application of the law of parties goes terribly wrong.
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