Evangelical Leaders Call for Halt to Texas Execution

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  1. Dudley Sharp says:

    In 2008, The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted 7-0 against commutation of Jeff Wood’s death sentence.

    That denial is supported by the facts, now, as always.

    The Baptist ministers, seeking Wood’s commutation, should have a better handle on the facts

    ” . . . (Jeff) Wood admitted in a statement to police that he knew Reneau was going to rob the gas station, that Reneau planned to bring a gun and might use it if (Kriss) Keeran didn’t cooperate, according to court opinions.” (1)

    Might?

    “Evidence showed the (Wood and Reneau) had planned the robbery for a couple of weeks and unsuccessfully tried recruiting Keeran (a “friend” of Wood and Reneau) and another employee to stage a phony robbery.” (2)

    The criminals failure to recruit Keeran into the robbery meant that they would have to murder Keeran if they decided to go through with the robbery.

    They did.

    “Wood told his brother, who was not implicated, to destroy the surveillance tape after watching it together, according to the San Antonio Express.”

    They watched the tape of the robbery/murder, for entertainment.

    Evidence showed Reneau entered the store before dawn on Jan. 2, 1996, and fatally shot Keeran once in the face with a .22-caliber pistol. Then joined by Wood, they robbed the store of more than $11,000 in cash and checks.” ” . . both fled with the store safe, a cash box and a video recorder containing a security tape showing the robbery and slaying. ”

    “Lucy Wilke, the Kerr County assistant district attorney, who prosecuted Wood, described Wood after his 1998 trial as “not a dummy” and called the slaying “cold-blooded, premeditated.”(2) “(She) called Wood “the mastermind of this senseless murder,” (1)

    For those that wrongly complain about the law of parties:

    “What do you think is going to happen when a guy goes into a convenience store to rob it and he’s armed with a gun, and your job is to help him commit that crime?” said Mary Lou Leary, executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. “It’s a very high-risk activity.”

    Here’s the section of the law of parties which, properly, applies to Wood.

    “A person is criminally responsible for an offense committed by the conduct of another if acting with intent to promote or assist the commission of the offense, he solicits, encourages, directs, aids, or attempts to aid the other person to commit the offense . . . “.

    • Sarah King says:

      Did you mean to include sources? They didn’t come through, and would be helpful. Our position has always been that the death penalty ought to be abolished, as part of our completely pro-life advocacy. “Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?” is one way to look at it. Here’s another: “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.” — Sarah

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