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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Ind. Decisions - "Death Row inmate loses chance for another appeal"

Reporting on yesterday's Supreme Court ruling in David Leon Woods v. State of Indiana (see ILB entry here), the Indianapolis Star has this brief item:

The Indiana Supreme Court on Monday denied a Death Row inmate's request for another appeal and soon will set an execution date.

In a unanimous decision, the court ruled that David Leon Woods could not start a second appeal based on a claim that he shouldn't be executed because he's mentally retarded. Woods' motion also contended that his first appeal was unfair because he had a dispute over strategy with his attorneys.

Woods killed Juan Placencia, 77, in 1984 during a home robbery in Garrett, Ind. Woods stabbed the man more than 20 times.

Woods and Death Row inmate Michael Allen Lambert have asked a U.S. District Court judge to add them to a lawsuit filed by another inmate, Norman Timberlake, whose execution has been on hold since January. Timberlake's suit contends that Indiana's lethal injection procedures amount to cruel and unusual punishment.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 27, 2007 08:55 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions