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|Charges against Connor Woods amended|
The District Attorney's office this morning (Wednesday) amended the indictments against 16-year-old Conner Wood from three counts of first degree murder to three counts of second degree murder.
This action was taken in Seventh Judicial District Court in Vidalia.
Wood is accused of shooting to death his mother, Geraldine Trevillion Wood, 40; his father, John David Wood, 42; and a friend, 16-year-old Matthew Whittington. All were slain more than a year ago -- March 14, 2007 -- in the Wood's home on 119 Shady Lane in the Woodland Subdivision of Ferriday.
First Asst. Dist. Atty. Brad Burget said the action was taken today "after consulting with the Whittington family and the Grand Jury."
Burget said the Conner Wood's age "prohibits the District Attorney from seeking the death penalty. As a result, the penalty for first degree murder and second degree murder are identical."
The penalty, said Burget, "is life in prison without the benefit of probation or parole on suspension of sentence. Additionally, the prosecution for second degree murder is less complicated and presents fewer problems for the same penalty."
Fifteen at the time of the murders, Wood previously pled not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. He was indicted last year by a parish Grand Jury on three counts of first degree murder and is being held at the parish correctional facility under a $900,000 bond.
Wood is being represented by Harrisonburg attorney Paul Lempke.
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