Austin, Texas, Feb 3, 2017 / 14:53 pm
One death sentence in Texas has prompted some legislators to rethink the state's broad qualifications for the death penalty.
Jeff Wood, 43, was convicted for the 1996 murder of Kriss Keeran. Wood was sitting in a truck outside a convenience store in Kerrville, Texas when his friend Daniel Reneau entered the store to steal the safe. Reneau shot and killed Keeran, who was working there as a clerk.
Wood was convicted of murder under Texas' "law of parties" statute that says those who are responsible for a crime that results in death are equally responsible as the killer even if they did not directly commit the murder, the Texas Tribune reports.
The convict was scheduled to be executed in August 2016, but the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed his execution just six days before the event.