The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has halted the execution of a Texas man who was scheduled to die for a fatal 1996 robbery in which he wasn’t the person who pulled the trigger, the Associated Press reports. The court ruled 7-2 on Friday to put Jeffery Wood’s execution on hold. Wood, 43, was scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday. The case has drawn attention across the U.S. over his culpability in the shooting of a convenience store clerk, Wood’s mental competence, and criticism surrounding his original trial.
The appeals court sent the case back to a lower court to review claims that the death sentence was based on false testimony and false scientific evidence. Those claims were based on the testimony of a since-discredited psychiatrist that Wood would pose a future risk to public safety. Wood’s attorney, Jared Tyler, said, “Justice is not served by executing Mr. Wood, who was outside the building when it happened and who had no criminal history.” Wood waited in a car while a friend shot the clerk. The friend was executed in 2002.