David S. Wood,Magistrate Judge, York County South Carolina
David S. Wood was born in Warner Robins, Georgia to James and Sue Sanders Wood. James Wood was an officer in the United States Air Force. Colonel Wood’s career moved the family around the United States, including stops in Alabama, California, Nebraska, South Carolina and the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.
After graduating from West High School in Bellevue, Neb., Wood attended Missouri Valley College. At Valley, he was president of the TKE fraternity and inducted into Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society. Wood was awarded the highest undergraduate honor by the TKE International Fraternity his senior year. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Political Science and Criminal Justice and continued his studies at the University of South Carolina’s School of Law. While a law student, Wood was named to the Dean’s List and recognized with an Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award. He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1999.
Judge Wood began his legal career in the 16th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office serving the citizens of York County, South Carolina as an Assistant Solicitor. He represented the State in the prosecution of criminal cases in Magistrate’s Court and General Sessions Court. In 2001, he left that agency and entered private practice. While in private practice, Wood gained a broad range of legal experience, but concentrated his efforts on representing citizens accused of crimes. He tried over twenty cases to jury verdict during his time as a prosecutor and defense attorney. In addition, he handled hundreds of criminal cases, ranging from traffic violations, drug offenses, property crimes, rapes, robberies and a double homicide death penalty case
Wood was confirmed by the South Carolina Senate and appointed to the bench by Governor Mark Sanford on February 1, 2005 at the age of 30. Wood serves on the bench in a county with approximately 225,000 residents. He presides over civil and criminal cases, issues restraining orders, arrest and search warrants and conducts bench trials and jury trials. Wood has also served as the Judge of the Tega Cay Municipal Court since November 2006.
Judge Wood is a member of the South Carolina Bar and is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in South Carolina. He is a member of the South Carolina Summary Court Judge’s Association and the Missouri Valley TKE Alumni Association. His hobbies include weightlifting, biking, running, swimming, waterskiing, keeping in touch with family and friends, and following the Missouri Valley Vikings’ and the South Carolina Gamecocks’ athletic teams.