Wood to appear in court today

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, February 13, 2008

VIDALIA — The teen accused of killing three people in his Ferriday home will make an appearance in court today.

Conner Wood, now 16, will appear before Judge Leo Boothe for a trial of motions.

One of the motions Boothe will hear will determine the scope of use during trial of a reported confession by Wood.

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The motion, filed by Wood’s attorney Paul Lempke, alleges self-incriminating statements Wood made to law enforcement officers were done so without the assistence of legal counsel.

Wood was indicted in May 2007 on three counts first degree murder.

He initially pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, but soon changed the plea to “not guilty by reason of insanity.”

A sanity panel formed by the Seventh District Judicial Court concluded in October that Wood was fit to stand trial.

On March 14, 2007, a Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office dispatcher took an early-morning call from Wood, 15 at the time, in which he said an intruder had made his way into the house and killed his parents, John and Jerri Wood.

Conner Wood reportedly told the dispatcher he had killed the intruder, Matthew Whittington, 16, a neighbor who was reportedly his friend.

Because of his age at the time of the alleged crime, Wood is not eligible for the death penalty even though he is being tried as an adult.