John Hickenlooper

Washington state has eight people on death row — and no plans to ever execute them

Washington state has eight people on death row — and no plans to ever execute them

Twenty years ago, Dwayne Anthony Woods was convicted of murdering two women, sentenced to die and sent to Washington’s death row at the state penitentiary in Walla Walla.

Claiming he was innocent, he launched a series of appeals that kept him alive and denied the victims’ families the justice they wanted. The appeals came to an end this month when Woods, 46, died of a heart attack.

It was the only death on death row since Gov. Jay Inslee issued a moratorium on executions in 2014. At the time of his edict, there were nine inmates on death row.

If Inslee has his way, the eight who remain will also die of disease or old age.

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