Missouri Supreme Court Hears Death Penalty Case

Missouri Supreme Court

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
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