Texas executes low-IQ killer of 11-year-old girl

December 4, 2009

(HMG) – Texas, has executed a 44-year-old man Thursday evening for raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl, despite last ditch pleas from his attorneys he was too mentally impaired to qualify for capital punishment. Bobby Wayne Woods was put to his death by lethal injection about a half-hour after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt his punishment, which was delayed briefly until the high court ruled in his case. Tests administered to Woods put his IQ anywhere from the 60s to the 80s. An IQ of 70 is considered the threshold for mental impairment. Woods had been scheduled to die last year but the state’s highest court halted the execution to allow further hearings in the case.

The brutality of the crime and the delay in execution caused great public outrage. Woods was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to die for the April 1997 slaying of Sarah Patterson, his ex-girlfriend’s daughter. Sarah and her 9-year-old brother Cody, were grabbed from their home in Granbury, near Fort Worth, and taken to a cemetery. Woods ended up slitting the girl’s throat with a knife after beating and sexually assaulting her, while Cody was beaten and left for dead but survived to testify against Woods.

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