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Bobby Wayne Woods

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Bobby Wayne Woods October 11, 1965 – December 3, 2009 was an American convicted murderer, kidnapper and rapist executed by the state of Texas for the murder and rape of 11-year-old Sarah Patterson in 1997 Woods also received a 40-year sentence for the abduction of Patterson's younger brother, whom he beat unconscious and left for dead but who survived On May 28, 1998, Woods was sentenced to death for Patterson's murder and was executed on December 3, 2009 after a failed appeal based on Woods's low IQ


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Trial
  • 3 Execution
  • 4 References


A seventh-grade dropout, Woods was so illiterate that he had to refer to a spelling list just to write simple notes to his family He had IQ scores of 80 and 78 during elementary school His IQ score right before his murder trial was 70, and another in 2002 returned 68 Woods also worked as a short-order cook and roofer

On April 30, 1997, Woods entered the home of his ex-girlfriend Schwana Patterson through the open window of her children's bedroom; Patterson had expelled Woods two months earlier Woods then kidnapped Patterson's two children, 11-year-old Sarah Patterson and 9-year-old Cody Patterson, and raped Sarah After driving to a cemetery, Woods beat and stomped Cody's head, strangled Cody, and abandoned the boy at the cemetery Cody notified police, and Woods told police that Sarah was dead and led the police to her body


Because the Woods case was heavily reported in Dallas-area media, Woods's trial was held in Llano, Texas During his trial Woods admitted to kidnapping Patterson's children and beating Cody Patterson unconscious A psychologist representing the defense but who did not evaluate Woods testified that Woods was mentally retarded and no longer a threat to society In response, a psychiatrist representing prosecution testified that Woods was not mentally retarded and could commit future violent crimes Woods, a resident of Granbury, Texas, was sentenced to death on May 28, 1998

Patterson was also tried on charges of child neglect and was found guilty on October 14, 1998 She was sentenced to 23 years in prison


Woods was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm on October 23, 2008 However, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals delayed the execution after lawyers raised issue that Woods's IQ would make him ineligible for the death penalty due to the United States Supreme Court case Atkins v Virginia That court ruled 8-1 on October 7, 2009 that there was insufficient evidence that Woods was retarded The Supreme Court of the United States denied Woods's appeal hours before Woods's final execution day

Woods was executed at 6:48 pm local time on December 3, 2009 in the Huntsville Unit state prison He was the 50th murderer executed in the US in 2009 and 1,186th since the US Supreme Court ruled capital punishment constitutional in the 1976 case Gregg v Georgia In Texas, Woods was the 24th murderer executed in 2009 and 447th executed since 1976


  1. ^ a b "Offender Information - Woods, Bobby Wayne" Texas Department of Criminal Justice June 27, 2008 Archived from the original on August 31, 2009 Retrieved December 4, 2009 
  2. ^ a b c McKinley, James C, Jr December 4, 2009 "Killer With Low IQ Is Executed in Texas" New York Times Retrieved December 4, 2009 
  3. ^ a b c "Bobby Wayne Woods" Clark County, Indiana Prosecuting Attorney Retrieved January 6, 2011 
  4. ^ a b c "Woman found guilty of not protecting children" Abilene Reporter-News October 15, 1998 Archived from the original on December 6, 2009 Retrieved January 6, 2011 
  5. ^ a b "Bobby Wayne Woods sentenced to death" Abilene Reporter-News Associated Press May 29, 1998 Archived from the original on December 5, 2009 Retrieved January 6, 2011 
  6. ^ "Daughter's death gives mom guilt" Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Associated Press October 31, 1998 Retrieved January 6, 2011 
  7. ^ "Media Advisory: Bobby Woods Scheduled For Execution" Press release Texas Attorney General 2008-10-16 
  8. ^ Graczyk, Michael 2008-10-22 "Texas man convicted of killing 11-year-old to die" Houston Chronicle 
  9. ^ Dennis, Debra October 23, 2008 "Court halts execution of Bobby Wayne Woods" Dallas Morning News Archived from the original on October 26, 2008 Retrieved January 6, 2011 
  10. ^ "Condemned N Texas inmate loses retardation appeal" Houston Chronicle Associated Press October 7, 2009 Retrieved January 6, 2011 

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