U.S. Supreme Court Reviews Death Penalty Case Involving a Troy Man
Washintgon, D.C. –
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider
throwing out the death sentence for a mentally impaired Alabama man
who killed his former lover.
Holly Wood was convicted in the shooting death of his former
girlfriend, Ruby Lois Gosha, in 1993. She was killed by a shotgun
blast to her head as she slept in her home in Troy, Ala.
A federal judge tossed out the death sentence on the basis of
the poor performance of Wood's lawyer in the sentencing phase of
his trial. The lawyer, described in court papers as lacking
criminal law experience, failed to tell jurors that Wood has an IQ
of less than 70 and had been classified as mentally retarded.
The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated
the death sentence, ruling that Wood had failed to show that the
lawyers was unconstitutionally ineffective.
The justices will review the appeals court ruling in a case that
will be argued in late fall or winter.
The case is Wood v. Allen, 08-9156.