In 1996, 22-year-old Jeffrey Wood was convicted with his friend Daniel Reneau in the shooting death of a store clerk in Texas, while the two allegedly attempted to steal a safe from the station where the clerk worked.
Reneau was executed in 2002, but Wood, seen as an accomplice because he waited in a truck in the gas station’s parking lot during the time of the crime, was not immediately put to death.
On August 19, 2016, after over 20 years in prison, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed Wood’s death sentence in a 7-2 decision, claiming that Wood was not the person that actually pulled the trigger. Wood was originally scheduled to die by lethal injection on Wednesday, August 24.
Wood’s case garnered significant publicity leading up to the Appeals Court decision. Texas State Representative Jeff Leach (R-Plano), a well-known conservative in the area, spearheaded the movement to get Wood’s death sentence commuted.
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