Alabama high court will not stop Thursday execution of Troy killer

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Supreme Court has refused to stop the scheduled execution Thursday of death row inmate Holly Wood, condemned for shooting his former girlfriend in the head while she was asleep at her home in Troy.

The 50-year-old Wood's attorneys had asked the court to stop his execution because he is mentally impaired with an IQ that has tested at 70 or below.

The Alabama Supreme Court denied the request Tuesday on a 7-0 vote, with Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb and Justice Greg Shaw abstaining.

The Alabama Attorney General's office argued that claims that Wood was mentally impaired had been rejected by the courts. The state's brief said Wood demonstrated mental acuity when he carefully planned and killed Ruby Gosha in a deliberate fashion.