7:12 am PDT, Jun 19, Amanda Smith, Texas
My cousin was the person killed by Danny, not Jeff. I say this as a family member who realized long ago Jeff had no part in my cousin's murder and he shouldn't be executed. It's insane to kill another person who did not kill Kris. The video showed Jeff took no part in it. Jeff was one of my friends growing up and someone I think deserves a chance. If he didn't kill him, why should we kill Jeff? This is ridiculous.
Jun 15, 2008, Phil McAnelly, Texas
I do not condone Jeff's being involved with the person who actually fired the shot, or the situation surrounding it, but the fact is- he did NOT kill the young man. As the Ag Teacher in Devine,Tx, I taught both Jeff and the victim, and cared for both, as I do for all of my students. I do believe in the death penalty, and believe it should be carried out in a judicious manner-but only for the person who is actually involved in the offence. When a drunk driver kills innocent people, sometimes whole families, we rarely sentence him to death, and the other passengers are never even charged with a crime-even though they may have prevented the "accident" from occurring. I have served on the grand jury, and understand a communitie's desire to protect itself from the criminal element of society, and have voted to bring first degree murder charges against an offender, but I aslo know that equal protection under the law-in spirit at least- dictates that we hold accountable only those that are actually guilty of the crime. Rick-as a former classmate at A & M, as co-laborers and aquaitances in the field of Agricutlure, I urge you to at least examine the facts of this case, and let your concience be your guide.
I was Jeff Wood's Youth Minister. I am writing to ask for mercy in his case given the circumstances of it. I will pray each day between now and August 21 that his sentence may be commuted. Thank you for considering my request.
Jun 13, 2008, Bill Pelke, Alaska
This should not be a death penalty case
Jun 1, 2008, Donald Lindsey, Texas
I have known Jeff Wood and his family for over 10 years. This person should not be executed due to a faulty trial. Every body deserves a fair trail. He should not be executed just because he was not the shooter. His punishment does not fit his crime. Why is it fair for a young man to be put to death for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. He could not and wouldn't have gone if he knew what was going to happen that day. Everybody makes mistakes, some more severe than others, we all do it. The courts let rapists and child molesters go every day unscathed, they may serve some time but that is it. They should be the ones on death row. If being executed because he is guilty by association than every military member, police officer, and docter is truly guilty of it. Those individuals take lives in these certain careers but they do not go on death row. Why is that? Is it because they can carry a gun, use a surgical knife? Can you answer that. If you were in a situation where the other person had a weapon and told you to drive what would you do?
Jun 16, 2008, David Cooke, Texas
I have visited with Jeff on death row recently. He was saved and baptized in prison and will face whatever the Lord has in store for him in a Christian manner and with a Christian witness. However, He did not murder the store clerk and he should not be executed.
6:09 am PDT, Jun 18, David Mann, Texas
It is not right to punish twice for the same crime... The man who actually did this crime has been sentenced to death and has paid for this crime... He was my nephews father. Jeff does not deserve to die for something he did not do.
3:22 pm PDT, Jun 18, Carol Campsey, Texas
Please reconsider and save Jeff's life. I do not agree that he should receive the Death penalty as he was not aware that a murder would occur, and was not in the store to try and stop it. I do understand that Jeff has always been a very loving and caring individual and who would have never knowingly been involved in a murder. He comes from a christian family who is very well thought of and many are sharing in their pain. Please help this young man by giving him a chance to live.
4:20 pm PDT, Jun 18, Julie Key, Texas
I went to school with Jeff. He was so kind and soft spoken, he is a good guy.
May 30, 2008, Barbara Kinsey, Texas
While I understand that the law of parties was created to keep the getaway drivers from getting away with crime, this is a grave injustice. If someone is unaware of a crime occuring and becomes third party via gun threat, that is not the same as planning and executing the crime! Please review this case and remove Jeff's conviction and execution.
May 29, 2008, Dan Rucker, California
Jeff Wood did not kill anyone. Everyone needs to know that Jeff Wood suffers from a terrible case of ADD and simply does not have the mental capacity to plan a robbery. Jeff felt that if he had not driven the getaway car away from the scene of the crime, that Danny would have killed Jeff as well.
May 23, 2008, Russell Neutze, Texas
jeff wood was a friend to some best friend to some a brother and he had a beautiful daughter jeff wood does not deseve to die and we love u jeff
May 22, 2008, Linette Esensee, Texas
We love you Jeff
6:38 pm PDT, Jun 18, Name not displayed, Texas
My friend did not kill anyone. That is the bottom line.
May 21, 2008, Isabella Pasche, Switzerland
Jeff doesn't deserve this, NO TO DEATH PENALTY !
May 21, 2008, Arlette Pasche, Switzerland
Jeff does not deserve to be killed by the State. Death penalty is murdering legally a human being. Law of Parties is immoral- Death Row and Death Penalty are an INSTITUTIONAL shame. AMERICA STOP THIS SHAME NOW !
May 20, 2008, Rebecca Kimmel, Colorado
I pray you search your hearts and stop the cycle of violence, murder and creating more victims.
6:44 am PDT, Jun 19, Maggie Zamorano, Texas
Give this young man a second chance to turn his life around. If he has asked the Lord for forgiveness he has already begun to turn his life around for the better. He comes from a good family whom have not stopped loving him and praying for him and asking for many of us to also pray for his salvation. Once you've allowed the the Lord to come into your life there's no turning back, Jeff knows that. Execution is not the solution. PLEASE DO NOT EXECUTE JEFF WOOD!
Jun 8, 2008, (JUDGE) MARION TAYLOR, Texas
I SUPPORT THE DEATH PENALTY IN CASES WHERE IT IS DESERVED. IN CASES WHERE A PARTY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF SOMEONE AND DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE ACTUAL DEATH, THEY CERTAINLY SHOULD BE PUNISHED, BUT NOT GIVEN THE DEATH PENALTY. LIFE IN PRISON, BUT NOT DEATH.