Woods murdered 3 people - 2 in Texas and 1 in California
Again, the jury found that Woods was the shooter in the murders of Ron and Bethena. I can't make it any clearer for you.
Both Woods and Rhodes are equally legally and morally guilty of the murderers no matter who pulled the trigger. However, under Texas law a jury is asked to determine whether the defendant is or is not the principal (shooter). If not the principal, it can be considered as mitigation. The jury found that Woods - not Rhodes was the shooter. Therefore, when Rhodes was set to go to trial, he was offered and accepted a plea deal based on the fact that he cooperated and was not the principal. He won't be eligibe for parole until he's in his 80s or 90s. The families of the victims were okay with this.
I'm really really sorry to annoy you. I'm not debating you & appreciate your willingness to explain all of this to me.
What you just cited were the appeals. I mentioned how I had read those today. Yes they are legal docs, but they do not show the evidence presented against Woods and they do not show the proceedings during the actual sentence.
I was looking for transcripts that indicate that Rhodes wasn't guilty, not appeals that argue the legitimacy of court procedures. I hope I am clear about the fact that I'm talking about this because the more I read, the more I think "I can't believe they didn't choose to execute that piece of human trash [rhodes]". Some points you may want to consider:
1) You wrote that Woods murdered 1 person in CA.
While Woods was not charged with murder in California -- Rhodes was.
[If you read the Woods appeals you will see that Rhodes, along with Matthew Potts and Jeremy Starks, shot a man in California. Potts and Starks were dubbed the shooters, the murder weapons were the same ones from the Denton/Colony murder and they were registered to Rhodes. Potts and Starks testified that Woods was not at the murder scene.]
Dallas Morning News:"Joan Sanders, Mr. Sanders' mother, said she was surprised Mr. Rhodes
decided to plead guilty.
"Mr. Rhodes will be transferred to prison in Huntsville and then
extradited to San Bernardino, Calif., where he plans to plead guilty to
1st-degree murder in the March 2001 shooting death of Beau Sanders, 21,
of Dallas, District Attorney Bruce Isaacks said.
I didn't even dream that he would do that," she said.
The mother, who buried her son in February after enduring 9 months not
knowing if he was dead or alive, said life in prison is not enough.
"He took Beau's life, and I think his life should be taken," she said."
Mr. Sanders was a manager at a Deep Ellum coffee shop that was frequented
by Mr. Rhodes and Mr. Woods. Two months before The Colony slayings, Mr.
Rhodes and 2 other men drove Mr. Sanders to the desert in San Bernardino
County, shot him, and left him for dead, police have said.
They killed him because he fired one of them for stealing money from the
coffee shop, police said."
2) You said that Rhodes got life plus 25.
If he had an an actual sentence & plead guilty to murder, he could have gotten 25 to life.
That didn't happen -- Rhodes got 15 years in CA. He plead guilty as an ACCESSORY through yet another PLEA DEAL.
So, it looks like he has a pattern, right? 'Kill someone, throw friends in the mix, make sure they get tried first so in order to get a plea bargain as an accessory. I wouldn't be so comfortable with the current situation as it is, seeing as, It's possible that Rhodes will be free in 45 or so years, maybe less. I don't know how CA parole goes, but here in Texas you have to serve half of your sentence to be eligible.
3) Look at the Woods vs Quarterman appeal (press control+f and type in "shooting them" for the reference)"At the guilt-determination phase of Woods's trial, the prosecution argued that although Marcus Rhodes participated in the murders, and supplied the car and the guns, Woods planned the crime and did the fatal shootings. Later, Rhodes pled guilty to capital murder and received a life sentence. In Rhodes's sentencing proceedings, he stipulated that he intentionally or knowingly caused the death of Whitehead and Brosz by shooting them with a firearm."
So in my attempts to disprove euro-row-ho's, I got confirmation from the Court's published opinion that Rhodes indeed shot and killed both victims, and that according to these appeals, there is no physical evidence against Woods.
4) How you can make it clearer? Explain, with citations:
-How Rhode's fingerprints were on the guns, the guns were registered to Rhodes, the guns were found in his parents house, evidence was found in Rhode's car and Woods is supposed to be the shooter.
-Why the belongings were in Rhode's car, if Woods was the one who wanted their money.
-What was in it for Rhodes, if Woods was fiending for cash.
-Why they weren't sentenced together if they were sentenced under LOP for the same offense?
treat my questions above as rhetorical questions. I am merely pointing out that something here doesn't sound right, and Rhodes got off the hook for killing 3 beautiful people, whose loved ones were cheated and deserve more.
I have a sneaking suspicion that no one reads about these cases before rejoicing about the results. I really hope that people honor the victims enough to take time to learn about their stories.
I am 100% for capital punishment as a method of giving murder/rape victims & their families justice/respect.
So, If we want to keep CP around, we must apply it with proper knowledge of the situation. If disproved, cases like this can make people like US, the people who seek justice, look like don't care.
Tree hugging libs are using a case much like this to abolish the DP in California
and we need to show those idiots that this cannot ever happen in Texas.