Alabama Death Row Inmate Asks Supreme Court to Stop Execution

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama death row inmate Holly Wood has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his execution, contending he is mentally impaired and had insufficient counsel when a jury recommended that he receive the death penalty.

Wood is to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. Thursday at Holman Prison in Atmore for the 1993 shotgun slaying of his former girlfriend, 34-year-old Ruby Gosha, at her home in Troy.

The Alabama Supreme Court had refused on Wednesday to stay the 50-year-old Wood's execution.

State prosecutors have claimed that Wood demonstrated mental acuity when he planned and killed Gosha in a deliberate fashion.

Wood has also asked Gov. Bob Riley to grant clemency, which would stop the execution. Riley has not yet responded to the request.


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  • by deb Location: OR on Sep 10, 2010 at 09:08 AM
    Is it closure, or just revenge?
  • by HOLLY BERNARD GOSHA Location: ENTERPRISE AL on Sep 9, 2010 at 05:40 PM
    I AM THE SON OF HOLLY WOOD AND I JUST WANTED 2 GET THIS OFF MY CHEST WHAT HE DID TO MY MAMA WAS MORE THAN WRONG IT MESSED MY LIFE UP 4 DA REST OF MY LIFE AND HE MADE IT REALLY HARD FOR ME HE LEFT ME WIT NOTHING AND NOW 2DAY AT 6 OCLOCK HE SHALL BE PUT 2 REST AND WHITCH NOW I HAVE NO PARENTS NOW LEAVE ME WIT MY 2 BROTHERS AND 1 SISTER AND WE ALL BEEN SO STRONG SINCE WE LOST OUR MOTHER AND WE GONE SYAY STRONG TILL ALL OF US MEET AGAIN
  • by Don Location: Troy on Sep 9, 2010 at 01:52 PM
    Be mindful, the family of the victim will have cause for closure. I have talked with them and they are looking forward to the retribution for THEIR LOSS. Too often, many forget the victim and their family!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2010 at 11:55 AM
    I am glad the justice system is doing it's job. Please be mindful that this man has a family. i have no sympathy for him, but for family sake please try to keep your comments reasonable. what he did is terrible, but someone is loosing a brother/son today. Just sayin, i know they know what he did is wrong but that won't make the hurt any less for them.
  • by Don Location: Troy on Sep 9, 2010 at 10:05 AM
    I assisted in the investigation and capture of Wood. He blew Ms Gosha's head off. He ran, hid the weapon & went to sleep in Luverne. He knew what he was doing and is mean as hell. Justice needs to be served
  • by Gar Location: California on Sep 8, 2010 at 07:53 PM
    What a coward! Let him face death the same way he inflicted it! Life for a life the good book says!
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