HUNTSVILLE (December 3, 2009)--Texas death row inmate Bobby Wayne Woods, 44, who was convicted of abducting, raping and killing his ex-girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter, was executed just after 6 p.m. Thursday in Huntsville.
Prosecutors said Woods raped Sarah Patterson and then abducted her and her 9-year-old brother Cody in 1997 from their home southwest of Fort Worth.
They say he beat the boy so violently that skull fragments later had to be removed from the youngster’s brain, and then left Cody for dead in a cemetery.
Then, they say, he slashed the girl’s throat.
Cody survived and later testified against Woods.
Woods denied responsibility and blamed the death on a cousin who subsequently committed suicide.
Prosecutors convinced a jury otherwise.
Woods' trial was moved to Llano in Central Texas in 1998 because of extensive publicity in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
He was hours away from receiving a lethal injection on Oct. 23, 2008 when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stopped the execution after Woods’ attorneys raised claims that the inmate is mentally retarded and ineligible for execution under U.S. Supreme Court standards.
In October, the Court of Criminal Appeals that evidence that Woods is mentally retarded is insufficient. Judge Charles Holcomb dissented without comment.