Texas appeals court blocks inmate Rodney Reed's execution

Monday, 18 Nov, 2019

The stay of execution by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals came just hours after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles had recommended delaying the lethal injection.

The court granted Reed's motion to stay the execution and sent the case back to a lower court to consider his claims that the state presented false testimony in violation of due process and that he is innocent.

Reed, now 51, was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1996 murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites in Bastrop.

And so, he says, there would possibly be no longer any proof that Stacey Stites and Rodney Reed had something varied than consensual sex. In latest weeks, Reed's attorneys have produced affidavits in help of his pleas of innocence, which embrace one by a former inmate who alleges Fennell bragged about murdering Stites and talked about to Reed by a racial slur.

The board's decision was to go next to Gov. Greg Abbott, who hadn't said whether he would accept or reject it or do nothing.

Given that using office in 2015, Abbott has halted only a person imminent execution, which occurred in 2018.

Rodrick Reed said that his brother's situation should draw attention to systemic injustices in the capital punishment system: "There's ... other Rodney Reeds out there that's going through similar situations".

The organization has also raised questions about her fiancée, Jimmy Fennell, a local police officer who lived with her and was with her the night before she was found dead.

Reed's remain of execution by the Texas Court docket of Legal Appeals was unanimous and offers the convicted murderer a different 120 days of reprieve.

He was set to be executed later this month but it has now been suspended indefinitely as his attorneys from the Innocence Project get ready to present new eyewitness evidence to prove Rodney's innocence. Reed was later found guilty by an all-white jury, after DNA on Stites was identified as his a year after her murder, TIME reported. Texas executes the most death row inmates of the 50 U.S. states.

In an Instagram post, the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star shared that in addition to meeting Reed for the first time Friday, she had the "privilege" of being with him when he learned of his stay of execution. His attorney, Robert Phillips, said his client denies any involvement in Stites' death, and he said the stories were lacking in credibility. There are also reports that witnesses now say Fennell confessed to having "to kill my [n-word]-loving fiancée".

It's unclear when Reed's new trial will be but many are hoping for his case to ultimately be overturned.