District attorney who prosecuted Jeff Wood now wants him off death row

Jeff Wood
Jeff Wood

source: Texas Tribune
published: 7 December 2017

The Texas prosecutor who sought the death penalty almost 20 years ago against a man who never killed anyone has now asked that his sentence be reduced to life in prison.

Lucy Wilke, now the Kerr County district attorney, was the prosecutor in the 1998 murder trial of Jeff Wood — a man whose scheduled execution last year prompted lawmakers to question when the state should put accomplices to death.

Although she originally decided to seek the death penalty for Wood, she later said in a letter to the prison parole board that “the penalty now appears to be excessive.”

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Humberside Police officers face misconduct hearings over surveillance

Janet Alder cry for justice
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source: BBC News
published: 1 November 2017

Two police officers are to face gross misconduct hearings after it was found surveillance was carried out on the sister of a man who died in custody.

Former paratrooper Christopher Alder, 37, died in Hull in 1998. An inquest found he died unlawfully. His sister, Janet Alder, was placed under surveillance in 2000.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it “found evidence of a case to answer” for two Humberside Police detective sergeants.

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Louisiana jury finds officer guilty in fatal shooting of 6-year-old

Jeremy Mardis
Jeremy Mardis

source: NBC News
published: 24 March 2017

A Louisiana jury on Friday found a law enforcement officer guilty of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old autistic boy following a vehicle pursuit in 2015.

Derrick Stafford and another deputy city marshal fired on a vehicle driven by the boy’s father after a 2-mile chase. The boy, Jeremy Mardis, was killed and his father, Christopher Few, was wounded.

The jury in Marksville found Stafford guilty of manslaughter for Jeremy’s death and found him guilty of attempted manslaughter in the wounding of Few. During the trial Few said he heard no warnings from law enforcement before the officers fired.

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