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State Inmate Back on Death Row

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court has reinstated the death
penalty of a Alabama man convicted of blasting the mother of his
child in the face with a shotgun 15 years ago.

A U.S. district judge had vacated the sentence of Holly Wood in
the Sept. 1, 1993 slaying of ex-girlfriend Ruby Lois Gosha in her
Troy, Ala., home because Wood's attorneys failed to tell the jury
about his mental retardation during the trial's penalty phase. The
state appealed.

An 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled 2-1 Tuesday
that Wood failed to show his lawyers were unconstitutionally
ineffective in their strategy.

Judge Rosemary Barkett dissented, saying the Supreme Court had
ruled defense lawyers had a duty to present evidence of mental
retardation.


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