Tuesday night at 6:22pm, Steven Michael Woods was executed for a murder he did not commit.
Bethena Brosz and Ronald Whitehead were shot and stabbed to death by Marcus Rhodes.
Unfortunately for Woods, Texan law allows the execution of those involved with the murder scene despite the degree of participation.
While Woods admitted to hanging out with the couple and witnessing the murder, he insisted he never had any part of it. Instead, it was act he claimed to be solely that of Rhodes.
And Rhodes confessed! Not only that, but DNA testing supported the confession. Still, Woods was convicted for his "involvement" (wherever the truth may lie in that).
Right before his death, Woods had some final words:
You're not about to witness an execution. You are about to witness a murder. I am strapped down for something Marcus Rhodes did. I never killed nobody, ever. Justice has let me down. Somebody completely screwed this up. Well, Warden, if you're going to murder someone, go ahead and do it. Pull that trigger.
We did some more research and while it doesn't seem like Woods was by any means squeaky clean (he was involved with drug dealings as a teenager, around the same time of the crime committed), it still doesn't seem justifiable to execute a man, especially for a specific act if there's no blood on his hands.
When attempting to justify the law, Houston Victims-Rights Advocate Dudley Sharp compared it to winning the Nobel Peace Prize:
We hold people responsible for being conspirators or assisting even in good acts. We are not treating murderers any different than we would by giving a Nobel Prize to someone who began research 40 years ago even though they didn't make the breakthrough.
Umm, sorry, but we don't think anyone supporting an eye for an eye can talk about Nobel Peace Prizes…