Wood’s case up for appeal in early May

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 23, 2009

VIDALIA — The case of Connor Wood, the teen convicted of killing three people in March 2007, is scheduled to go before the Third Circuit Court of Appeal May 5.

Wood, now 17, was convicted last April for the shooting deaths of his parents, John and Geraldine Wood, and a 16-year-old neighbor, Matthew Whittington.

The Ferriday teen, who was 15 at the time of the killings, was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without possibility of probation or parole in April 2008.

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The case is placed on the appeal court’s docket under the heading of cases that will be submitted without oral argument.

Attorney William Jarred Franklin with the Louisiana Appellate Project is representing Wood.

Franklin could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Evidence presented at trial showed that John and Geraldine Wood were sleeping when their son opened fire on them. When the shooting ended, John had eight bullet holes in his body, and Geraldine had 11.

The couple was shot using a 9 mm firearm.

Even after the trial, it was unclear why Whittington was at the house that night.

What is known is that Wood opened fire on him, shooting him nine times with two guns.

Wood confessed to the killings in two video statements, though there were some discrepancies in the stories he gave in the videos. He did not testify at his trial.

Following the two-day trial, the jury deliberated for 25 minutes before rendering the verdict.