Thursday, September 9, 2010

Alabama Set to Execute Man for '93 Killing

Alabama death row inmate Holly Wood is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection today at Holman Prison in Atmore, Alabama. The execution is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wood was convicted of the September 1, 1993 shotgun slaying of his former girlfriend at her home in Troy.

Wood still has two appeals pending. The U.S. Supreme Court is considering an appeal from Wood that suggests that he should not be executed because of a mental disability. According to the New York Times, defense lawyers argued that a court-appointed lawyer with less than a year of trial experience failed to tell jurors during sentencing that Wood is not mentally competent to be executed. His I.Q. has been found to be well below 70, the score that experts often consider the border for mental retardation.

Wood's original appeal gained some notoriety when the U.S. Supreme Court decided that his trial counsel acted reasonably when they failed to present evidence of his mental deficiencies during the penalty phase of his trial, Wood v. Allen, 588 U.S. ____ (2010).

Also, Governor Bob Riley has yet to decide on a clemency petition filed by Wood's attorneys asking that the execution be stopped.

Barring a last minute reprieve, Wood is expected to spend today visiting with friends and relatives and eating a final meal.

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