We have just learned that the execution of Rodney Reed has been stayed for now, by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA). The fight isn’t over until a new trial is granted, but this is great news!!
Says KVUE: “The ruling from the appeals court states Reed and his lawyers believe there is newly discovered evidence in Reed’s case that supports his claim that he is innocent.
The court placed a stay on Reed’s execution, scheduled for March 5, “pending further order of this Court.”
Reed’s lawyer, Bruce Benjet, released the following statementMonday:
We’re extremely relieved that the court has stayed Mr. Reed’s execution so there will be proper consideration of the powerful new evidence of his innocence. We are also optimistic that this will give us the opportunity to finally conduct DNA testing that could prove who actually committed the crime.”
You can read the full ruling from the CCA here.
Thanks to everyone who helped shine a light on this injustice. Public pressure and the work of Rodney’s attorneys is truly making a difference for Rodney and his family!
Check back to this site for updates on this case and planned events as information comes in.
Rodney Reed is facing wrongful execution on March 5, 2015. We must demand that Gov. Abbott and the State of Texas stop the execution and grant the DNA testing and the day in court that Rodney deserves! Rodney has been on Texas’ death row since 1998. He was convicted of the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites in the small town of Bastrop, Texas. Rodney’s case is a troubling mix of prosecutorial misconduct, police corruption, poor defense, and institutional racism. Evidence of Rodney’s innocence is overwhelming and the need for a new trial is indisputable.
You can find out more about the case of Rodney Reed here. Sign and share the online petition , including this NEW petition fromMoveOn.org. Mail a clemency letter to the Texas Governor and the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Check the Action Items page to find out what you can do to save Rodney’s life.
Get involved today to save the life of an innocent man. Demand that the Governor grant clemency and stop the execution. Ask the Attorney General to allow DNA testing that has never performed on crucial pieces of evidence. Test the DNA! Drop the Execution Date!