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Monday, August 29, 2011

Steven Woods, Claiming Innocence, Scheduled for Execution on Sept 13


We received the information below from advocates trying to stop the execution of Steven Woods on Sept 13, 2011:

On September 13 2011, Steven Woods (31) is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection by the state of Texas after being wrongfully convicted and confined 24 hours a day for the past 9 years of his life.

Woods maintained his innocence since he was arrested, and he swears that he will keep doing so until he dies.

The evidence supporting Steven Woods' wrongful conviction is overwhelming; provided below is more information that I hope will help you better understand Woods' case:

- In 2002, Steven Woods was convicted for shooting & killing a young couple in Denton County, Texas
- Woods was 21 at the time and had no prior arrests or warrants.
- 3 months after Steven was wrongfully convicted/sentenced to death, 24 year old Marcus Rhodes took responsibility for knowingly and intentionally shooting and killing both of the murder victims, in a Denton County court.
- Rhodes didn't insinuate that Steven in any way, participated/plotted/played any role in the murders.
- There is NO physical evidence or confession that ties Steven Woods to the murder scene.
- No one has reported or testified to having eye-witnessed these murders.
- The murders were committed with Marcus Rhodes' own firearms. (Both registered under Rhodes' name)
- The firearms were found under Rhodes' bed when Police searched his parents' home.
- The weapons only had Rhodes' fingerprints on them.
- The victims' backpacks & their belongings were found in Rhodes' car a few days after the murders.
- The only "evidence" used against Woods were friends of Marcus Rhodes who took the stand, claiming that they heard Woods brag about the murder. This is called "hearsay" & is usually inadmissible in court.
- One "witness", a habitual heroin user & friend of Rhodes' was paid 1000 dollars for his testimony.
-Another "witness" signed a sworn affidavit stating that her testimony was coerced with threats.
-The state tried to use DNA found on a latex glove to convict Woods. The jury was told that the DNA on the glove was Woods', but later in the trial Steven demanded that the glove be tested. The DNA did NOT match Woods'. The glove was stricken from the protocol by Denton County Judge, Lee Gabriels - so that Woods could not use it to prove his innocence in his appeals process.
- The prosecution accused Woods of numerous erroneous claims to which they had no basis. Example: The prosecution lied to the jury claiming that Woods (who they did not know was of Armenian heritage), was a "white supremacist".
-The man who confessed to killing the couple, also confessed to carrying out an additional murder in CA that occurred 2 months prior to the Denton murders. Steven did not participate in that murder, nor did he witness it or get indicted in association with it.
-The actual murderer, Rhodes got a punishment of life in prison with parole.
-Steven Woods got sentenced to death and will be executed on Sept. 13 2011.

More info can be found at www.texaskills.com and we can be reached at justiceforstevewoods@gmail.com

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10 comments:

Steven Woods said...

TMN, Thank you endlessly for getting the word out on Steven Woods.
for updates:
www.facebook.com/savesteven

Anonymous said...

Woods had a chance to tell his version when he was initially interviewed by police. Instead, he gave them a cock-and-bull story about leading Ron and Beth to "Hippy's" house. He ultimately fled to California, after bragging to several people (who testified at trial against him), that he killed Ron and Beth. He put on a false alibi at trial, which was discredited on cross-examination. Marcus Rhodes pled guilty, but, contrary to Woods' claims, it was under "law of the parties." Rhodes knew what was going to happen, provided the weapons and was present when Ron and Beth were killed. Therefore,he was as responsible for the deaths of Ron and Beth as the shooter, Steven Woods.

Below is a link to the U.S. Fifth Circuit opinion which sets out many facts of the case and discredits Woods' latest claims.

http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions%5Cunpub%5C09/09-70027.0.wpd.pdf

Anonymous said...

AUSTIN – Pursuant to a court order by the 367th District Court in Denton County, Steven Michael Woods is scheduled for execution after 6 p.m. on September 13, 2011.

In 2002, a Denton County jury found Woods guilty of murdering Ronald Patrick Whitehead and Bethena Lyn Brosz.
FACTS OF THE CASE
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, citing a federal district court’s description of the facts, described the murder of Mr. Whitehead and Ms. Bosz as follows:

Early in the morning of May 2, 2001, two golfers driving down Boyd Road at the Tribute Golf Course near The Colony, Texas, found the bodies of Ron Whitehead, 21, and Beth Brosz, 19. Both had been shot in the head and had their throats cut. Whitehead was dead; Brosz was still alive but after receiving medical care, she died the next day. That evening, police received several anonymous tips that Woods was involved in the killings, along with one Marcus Rhodes.

To read more: https://www.oag.state.tx.us/oagnews/release.php?id=3847

Anonymous said...

I Must admit reading his blog was very heart wrenching when he describes what its like to be on death row. However, this guy is far from innocent. Beau Sanders? Bomb making? Intent to kill another person and rob a clothing store?? I get that this guy had an f-Ed childhood but at some point there has to be an acknowledgement that this guy is pretty evil.

Anonymous said...

Amnesty have now created a petition to stop Steven Woods execution. PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=6oJCLQPAJiJUG&b=6645049&aid=516487

Nick61 said...

You know, I follow U.S executions because we don't have a death penalty in Australia, and I'm interested if it really works. Now saying that, it disturbs me to the point that it becomes comical how every offender on death row claims innocence when their date approaches. This leads me to believe there are one of two things wrong with U.S justice. Either the legal system is so flawed that there are many 'innocent' people on death row, or, if they are guilty, the death penalty was not a detterent at all.

Nigel (NZ) said...

Of course the DP is no deterrent, Nick.

We've all known that for years.

It's about revenge.

Nothing more and nothing less.

We can be proud to live in countries which abolished state murder decades ago.

The USA, meanwhile, lies in the gutter with countries like Iran and China in killing their own.

Nigel (NZ)

Anonymous said...

In regards to this comment below at nick61, um...do you realize he had maintainted his innocence the entire time? I personally fought to save his life for over 7 years. I knew him personally from 14 years ago. There is absolutely zero evidence that he committed the actual crime. But in texas you can be executed for being present. And there certainly are people who admit guilt on death row, read the last statements on the death row executed offenders page, many many of them apologize to the families they hurt.

"Nick61 said...

You know, I follow U.S executions because we don't have a death penalty in Australia, and I'm interested if it really works. Now saying that, it disturbs me to the point that it becomes comical how every offender on death row claims innocence when their date approaches. This leads me to believe there are one of two things wrong with U.S justice. Either the legal system is so flawed that there are many 'innocent' people on death row, or, if they are guilty, the death penalty was not a detterent at all.
"

Anonymous said...

man you people are just full of it. if you read ALL of the appeals, not just one, you can see all of the evidence come together as a farce.
go to www.texaskills.com .. and shame on you for being ignorant fools

Anonymous said...

So why would rhodes see his friend get punished as the shooter and then 2 months later admit to shooting, kiling and slashing the throats of both the victims himself?
cmon.. yr dumb