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Anti-Death Penalty MarchThe 17th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty will take place Saturday October 29, 2016 in Austin at the Texas Capitol.

We will gather at 2:00 pm at on the south side of the Texas Capitol.

Last summer, we successfully mobilized to build support to stop the execution of Jeff Wood, who was scheduled for execution but received a stay after people across Texas, including both Republican and Democratic Texas legislators, newspapers, religious leaders, and many others spoke out in support of clemency. The main issue that caused so many people to speak out was that Wood had been sentenced to death under the law of parties even though he did not kill anyone. The march takes place 73 days before the 2017 Texas legislative session convenes. As a major theme of the march, we will continue to build support for passing the bill to ban executions of people convicted under the law of parties.  Speakers will include Jeff Wood’s sister Terri Been. Other speakers will be announced later.

Each autumn since 2000, people from all walks of life and all parts of Texas, the U.S. and other countries have taken a day out of their year and gathered in Austin to raise their voices together and loudly express their opposition to the death penalty. The march is a coming together of activists, family members of those on death row, community leaders, exonerated death row survivors, family members of murder victims who oppose the death penalty, and all those calling for abolition. The march started in Austin in 2000. In 2007 and 2008, the march was held in Houston. It came back to Austin for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. It was in Houston again in 2014 and back in Austin in 2015.

The annual march is organized as a joint project by several Texas anti-death penalty organizations working together with leading national organizations: Texas Moratorium Network, the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, Texas Students Against the Death Penalty, Texas Death Penalty Education and Resource Center, Kids Against the Death Penalty, and national organizations including Journey of Hope … from Violence to Healing, and Witness to Innocence.

Yesterday, Jeff Wood’s family and friends delivered about 10,500 petition signatures to the offices of Texas Governor Greg Abbott and separately to the office of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Below is a media story of today’s delivery from KVUE in Austin, reported by Erin Jones, “Jeff Wood’s family trying to stop his execution“. You can still Sign the petition here. We will deliver additional signatures later.

1923885_736152392620_1620_nBelow are links to some media coverage of the case of Jeff Wood, whose August 24, 2016 scheduled execution we are working to stop. Find out how to help at http://savejeffwood.com/how-to-help/.

Are Evangelicals Ditching the Death Penalty?

by Maurice Chammah, The Marshall Project, August 14, 2016

Texas Should Stop Trying to Kill a Non-Killer

by Editorial Board, The Washington Post, August 14, 2016

Il n’a tué personne, mais il pourrait être exécuté

by Jean-Cosme Delaloye, La Tribune de Genève, August 14, 2016

In Texas, a man who didn’t kill anybody is about to be executed for murder

Houston Chronicle by Kristine Guerra, The Washington Post Updated 1:47 pm, Friday, August 12, 2016

Texas Readies to Kill Man—Who Killed No One—for Murder

Jeffery Wood on track to be the ‘least culpable person executed in the modern era of death penalty’
by Andrea Germanos, Common Dream staff writer, August 13, 2016

Man to be executed on Texas’s death row for murder despite not killing anyone

Daily Mail, August 13, 2016

Texas Is About to Execute a Man Who Didn’t Kill Anybody

by Danielle DeCourcey ATTN:, August 12, 2016

In Texas, a man who didn’t kill anybody is about to be executed for murder

by Kristine Guerra, The Washington Post, August 12, 2016

“This man may be executed even though he never killed anyone”

The Washington Post Video, August 11, 2016.

Jeff Wood Never Killed Anyone, But Texas Plans to Execute Him

by Jolie McCullough, Texas Tribune, Aug. 11, 2016

Texas Preparing to Execute Man for Murder who Didn’t Commit Murder

1200 News Radio, WOAI August 8, 2016

Evangelicals urge halt to Texas execution

Baptist News Global, August 8, 2016


Editorial: Who is Texas executing now? A man with no direct involvement in the murder for which he’ll be put to death

by The Times Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times, August 5, 2016

Why is Texas Executing a Man Who Didn’t Kill Anyone?

Texas Standard, August 3, 2016

Jeff Wood was in the car when an acquaintance shot his friend, who was working as a gas station clerk in Kerrville. Now he’s on death row, sentenced under Texas’ “law of parties.”

Shared Responsibility?: Too many questions for Texas to execute condemned man

Texasarkana Gazette, Editorial, August 3, 2016

Texas man soon to be executed never killed anybody (VIDEO)


Jordan Smith, The Intercept, Aug. 2, 2016


Does This Man Deserve to Die?


by Texas Monthly

Rally Questions Death Penalty for Texas Man Who Didn’t Pull Trigger, Texas Tribune, July 23, 2016

Hedayati: Texas ‘law of parties’ needs to be revamped

New Filing: TX Man Facing Execution Based on Testimony of Discredited Psychiatrist Must Have New, Fair Sentencing Hearing

Jeff Wood Was Not the Triggerman and Had No Previous Criminal History; Suffers from Borderline Intellectual Functioning and Mental Illness 

Austin – Attorneys for Jeff Wood, who is scheduled for execution in Texas on August 24, 2016, filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus today with the 216th District Court requesting a new, fair sentencing hearing because Mr. Wood’s original sentencing hearing was prejudiced by the false and misleading testimony of the discredited psychiatrist Dr. James Grigson. The petition can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/2agwOye

Mr. Wood was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death under Texas’s “law of parties” after another man, Daniel Reneau, killed a convenience store clerk in Kerrville in 1996 while attempting to rob it. Mr. Reneau, who was executed in 2002, committed the crime while Mr. Wood was outside the building, sitting in a truck. (p. 1) Mr. Wood had no criminal history until he fell under the influence of Mr. Reneau a few months before the crime for which he is scheduled to be executed. (pp. 7, 15)

“The man who actually committed this crime was executed in 2002. Jeff Wood, who was not even in the building at the time of the crime, was sentenced to death after false expert testimony about his future dangerousness was presented at his capital murder trial. Justice will be served if Mr. Wood is spared from execution and given a new sentencing hearing,” said Jared Tyler, a Houston-based attorney who represents Mr. Wood. “I believe that no person in the history of the modern death penalty has been executed with as little culpability and participation in the taking of a life as Mr. Wood. In that respect, his execution may mark a national first.”

Executions under the law of parties or similar laws in other states are rare. The Death Penalty Information Center has confirmed only 10 cases, five of which were in Texas (http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/those-executed-who-did-not-directly-kill-victim).

In Mr. Wood’s trial, Dr. Grigson testified that Mr. Wood “certainly” would be criminally violent in the future based on a hypothetical given to him by the prosecution. (pp. 27-28) Dr. Grigson never personally evaluated Mr. Wood. (p. 68)

In 1995, three years before he testified in Mr. Wood’s trial, Dr. Grigson was expelled from the American Psychiatric Association and the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians for flagrant ethical violations involving this same conduct. (p. 26)

The organizations found these kinds of hypotheticals “grossly inadequate to elucidate a competent medical, psychiatric differential diagnostic understanding adequate for diagnosing a mental illness according to current standards.” (p. 25) Dr. Grigson was also faulted by the organizations for testifying that he could predict with certainty that a defendant would be criminally dangerous in the future. (p. 25)

In 2004, a federal judge found that Dr. Grigson had falsely testified in that case by “exaggerat[ing] the degree of his certainty that [the defendant] would be dangerous in the future.” (p. 50) The judge also found that Dr. Grison “inflat[ed] the number of defendants he determined would not likely be dangerous in the future” as “a conscious attempt to mislead the jury as to his objectivity.” (p. 50) A Texas judge has previously described Dr. Grigson’s testimony as “prejudicial beyond belief.” (p. 55) As a report analyzing the behavior of death-sentenced prisoners showed, Dr. Grigson has been proven wrong time and time again. (p. 22-24)

At Mr. Wood’s sentencing hearing, the jury also did not hear evidence that might have caused it to spare Mr. Wood’s life. Due to mental illness that should have rendered him incompetent to stand trial, Mr. Wood instructed his attorneys not to present any evidence on his behalf or cross-examine witnesses. (p. 40) The jury therefore never heard that Mr. Wood had borderline intellectual functioning and emotional and psychological impairments which rendered him vulnerable to Reneau. (pp. 2, 28) As a child, Mr. Wood suffered from several psychiatric disorders and was placed in special education. (pp. 3-5) A clinical neuropsychologist who tested Mr. Wood before trial found that he had significant cognitive impairments and had reading and spelling abilities ranging from the fourth to fifth grade levels. (pp. 30-31)

An earlier jury found Mr. Wood incompetent to stand trial based on clinical testimony about his delusional belief system. (p. 16) He was placed in the Vernon State Hospital, but was deemed competent 15 days later without having received any medication or treatment. (pp. 16-17)


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