Renewed Push to Commute Sentence of Death Row Inmate
There's a renewed push to commute the sentence of a death row inmate.
Jeff Wood was in his pickup truck twenty one years ago when a cohort robbed a Kerrville, Texas convenience store and killed a clerk. Wood was condemned under the "law of parties", which states that a person can be criminally responsible for the actions of another in certain circumstances.
The prosecutor, who is now the Kerr County District Attorney, has asked the prison parole board recommend that Governor Greg Abbott grant clemency for Wood. State Representative Jeff Leach of Plano has also been calling for that for over a year now, saying there is bipartisan support for reforming the law of parties.
Leach says that, although Wood isn't completely innocent in the matter, he did not actually commit a crime.