Rodney Reed’s life has been spared.
Reed, who was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites, was granted a stay of execution on Friday by the Court of Criminal Appeals in Texas.
The court where Rodney was originally tried has been ordered to consider new evidence in the case, including testimony from eyewitnesses who have come forward stating Stites was killed by her fiancé, Jimmy Fennell.
Rodney has ALWAYS maintained his innocence.
19-year-old Stacey Stites was raped, strangled, and her body was dumped alongside a rural road.
Rodney Reed was arrested for the crime based on DNA.
He has always maintained his innocence and said he was having an affair with Stacey – that is why they would find his DNA on her body.
Three people have come forward claiming Stacey’s fiancé, a former police officer who was released from jail in 2018 for kidnapping and allegedly raping a woman he encountered on duty, confessed to killing her because she cheated on him with a black man.
Millions of people, including myself, signed a petition to stop the execution of Rodney Reed.
Kim Kardashian was with Rodney when he received the news that he had been granted a stay of execution.
She took to Twitter writing:
Today, I had the honor of meeting #RodneyReed in person and the privilege of sitting with him when he got the news that the highest court in Texas had issued a stay of execution and remanded the case back to the trial court for further consideration.
Words cannot describe the relief and hope that swept over the room in that moment. That hope had been building over the last few weeks around Rodney’s case.
We have seen Democrats and Republicans come together. We have seen grassroots activists and lawmakers link arms.
We have heard people all around the globe speak up. And all because of a deep belief that every man or woman accused of a crime – especially one punishable by death – deserves the chance to have all available evidence considered.
So grateful for the commitment and passion of everyone who voiced their support, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles for their recommendation to issue a 120 day reprieve, and the courts for issuing a stay!
Peep her tweets below.
I am hopeful Rodney Reed will finally get the justice he deserves…23 years overdue!
Source: New York Times