Rodney Reed’s execution has been stayed by the Texas Court of Appeal hours after the state Board of Pardons and Paroles sent a recommendation to Governor Greg Abbott to delay his execution.
The New York Daily News reported that the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted unanimously Friday to recommend that Gov. Greg Abbott delay Rodney Reed’s execution by 120 days-just before he was set to be put to death next Wednesday. However, they have requested that Abbott should not lighten the penalties surrounding Reed’s sentence.
One of his lawyers, Andrew McRae, said he was overwhelmed with the news but will hold his excitement until Gov. Abbott approves the recommendation.
I’m overwhelmed, but not yet ecstatic, because we have to wait for the governor to act. But assuming he approves this, I’m going to call Rodney’s mom, and that will be ecstatic.”
Reed’s lawyers said new witnesses have come forward and forensic evidence from his murder case has been reevaluated to argue that Reed deserves a new trial. The case has gained national attention from various celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, an online petition, and support from 45 state lawmakers. Even the victim’s relatives have asked for a re-evaluation of the evidence.
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In case you need a refresher, Rodney Reed was convicted of murder for the death of 19-year-old Stacey Stites. She worked as a grocery store in Bastrop and was raped then strangled before her death. Reed says her fiance, Jimmy Fennell, was her killer since Reed had an affair with the victim.
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