On Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the death penalty case of Craig Wood, who was convicted of killing a Springfield child in 2014. Wood's lawyer argued that his death sentence is unconstitutional because it allows a judge to impose a death sentence when the jury is not unanimous. Missouri and Indiana are the only two states that leave decision-making authority to the judge if the jury is deadlocked on a sentencing decision. The jury foreman indicated that the jury voted 10 to 2 for a death penalty sentence. The lawyer for the state argued that the statute allowing a judge to impose the death penalty is constitutional. The court has not yet ruled on the case.
April 12, 2019 - 10:47am