JEFFERY LEE WOOD GETS STAY OF EXECUTION IN TEXAS!

Federal Judge, Chastising the Texas Courts, Orders a Stay of Execution

HOUSTON — With only hours until his scheduled execution, a man won a stay Thursday when a federal judge granted him a hearing to determine whether he was mentally competent.

The condemned man, Jeffery Lee Wood, 35, was to be put to death Thursday evening for a killing committed by his partner in a 1996 robbery. But the execution was put off for at least six months by the decision of the judge, Orlando Luis Garcia of the Federal District Court in San Antonio, who suggested that he would hold the hearing next February or March.

The Texas attorney general, Greg Abbott, had yet to decide Thursday night whether he would appeal the decision, said a spokeswoman for his office, Lauri Saathoff.

Mr. Wood’s lawyers argue that he is too delusional to understand why he is to die and thinks that among other things he is the victim of a Freemason conspiracy.

Judge Garcia wrote that Mr. Wood’s bizarre statements at his trial and in prison “at least arguably suggest the petitioner lacks a rational understanding of the causal link between his role in his criminal offense and the reason he has been sentenced to death.”

The judge said the Texas courts erred badly in the last week when they refused to hire mental health experts to determine whether Mr. Wood was mad or to appoint a lawyer to represent him at a competency hearing.

The United States Supreme Court has held that it is unconstitutional to execute insane people who cannot understand why they are being put to death or that their execution is imminent.

Judge Garcia said lawyers for Mr. Wood had submitted enough evidence of a delusional state of mind to warrant a hearing on the matter, and he strongly chastised the state courts for denying Mr. Wood a lawyer and a psychologist to help make that claim.  (SEE MY COMMENT BELOW ABOUT THIS  STATEMENT)

Mr. Wood was caught in a Catch-22, the judge said. The state courts ruled that he had to show he was insane for them to appoint a lawyer and a psychologist to help him prove he was insane. That, the judge said, is “an insane system.”

Mr. Wood has a very limited intellect and a history of emotional problems, learning disabilities and, in prison, suicide attempts.

“He will become delusional and deny the apparent reality right in front of him,” said one of his lawyers, J. Scott Sullivan. “He has a delusion a bribe would solve this whole problem.”

Mr. Wood was arrested shortly after his partner in crime, Daniel Reneau, fatally shot a cashier during the robbery of a gas station 12 years ago. Mr. Wood was outside in a getaway car when the shot was fired by Mr. Reneau, who was executed in 2002.

Mr. Wood’s mental problems were severe enough that one jury found him incompetent to stand trial. After spending time in a mental hospital, he was found competent by a second jury. In 1998, he was convicted of murder under a Texas law that makes all who are involved in a felony, like robbery, subject to the death penalty if one of them commits murder in the course of it.

Evidence of Mr. Wood’s mental troubles was never brought before the jury that imposed the death penalty, largely because he (JEFFERY LEE WOOD) became angry and told his lawyers to do nothing during the penalty phase, instructions with which they complied. In his ruling on Thursday, Judge Garcia said that this behavior by Mr. Wood was “bizarre, seemingly paranoid and clearly suicidal.”

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This is the biggest farce in the State of Texas, and this stay of execution was SHOPPED around until some judge; any judge would grant said stay. That judge being Orlando Luis Garcia. This judge calls the state of Texas insane I think this Judge is insane take a look at these statements once more:

The judge (Judge Garcia) said the Texas courts erred badly in the last week when they refused to hire mental health experts to determine whether Mr. Wood was mad or to appoint a lawyer to represent him at a competency hearing.

Judge Garcia said LAWYERS for Mr. Wood had submitted enough evidence of a delusional state of mind to warrant a hearing on the matter, and he strongly chastised the state courts for denying Mr. Wood a lawyer and a psychologist to help make that claim.

Mr. Wood’s LAWYERS argue that he is too delusional to understand why he is to die and thinks that among other things he is the victim of a Freemason conspiracy.

This god damn Judge is the one who is insane and delusional. In his own statement he say Mr. Wood’s Lawyers! So pray tell me again where and when he didn’t have lawyers and who filed for his mothion for a stay of execution? BIG BIRD! NO MR. WOOD’S LAWYERS DID!

Then we come to the part where Mr. Wood was found by a second jury to be competent to stand trial and where he was then found guilty for murder, where he became angry and told HIS LAWYERS to do nothing during the penalty phase, instructions with which they complied.

This man gave instructions to his LAWYERS which HIS LAWYERS complied with! So forget the bullshit about not having lawyers, this man had a ton of them during and after the fact, up to and including today! Further is this man is soooo insane as HIS LAWYERS try to make him out to be then they broke the law way back when (he was convicted) by not telling the Judge they believed their client was insane, was making poor judgment while issue instructions to them he didn’t understand to his own and his cases determinant. Did they do this? NO!

Now they are screaming everything,  pulling everything out of their asses including the kitchen sink. This scum is no more insane than I am the President of the United States. This is an abortion of JUSTICE to the victim’s family and to the people of the State of Texas. Judge Garcia had better thank God he is a Federal Judge or his ass would be out of a job next election and run out the state!

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~ by Digory Kirke on August 22, 2008.

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