As we scour the Internet for something better to write about than whether a somewhat underperforming top-ten draft pick might have a better chance of holding onto his job if he wasn’t worried about people who are writing about the possibility that he might lose it, we found an interesting article about a former Colts player who recently died.
Michael Woods joined the Colts — the Baltimore Colts — as a second-round pick in the 1978 draft.
In 1982, a man named Victor Gomez shot Woods in the back of the head, leaving him paralyzed.
With Woods’ testimony, Gomez was convicted of the crime, and Gomez spent six years in jail.
Now, however, Gomez is charged with Woods’ murder.
On May 28, Woods died at age 54 of a kidney infection. But because the infection allegedly traces to the paralysis, which allegedly traces to the lead slug Gomez fired into Woods’ spine 27 years ago, Gomez now faces murder charges.
Whether a conviction results is largely academic; the 44-year-old Gomez currently is serving a prison term of 41-to-85 years for sexual assault.
Still, justice should at all times be done, and if a shooting ultimately claims a person’s life, the person who pulled the trigger should be prosecuted for murder — regardless of the amount of time that passes between the entry of the bullet and the ending of the victim’s life.