It was just a week before she was to be married to police officer, Jimmy Fennell, that 19-year-old Stacey Stites was murdered. Her body was found on November 23, 1996, in a field 35 miles outside of Austin, Texas.

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Rodney Reed has been on death row for over 22 years for Stacey’s rape and murder and is scheduled to be put to death on November 20, 2019. Convicted in part on the presence of his DNA inside of the victim, Reed claims he and Stacey were having a secret sexual relationship at the time of her death. Others who knew Stacey have independently confirmed the affair.

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“Stacey told me that if Jimmy ever found out that he would kill her,” Reed claims adding, “And when she said it, I took it as more or less a figure of speech.”

When Dr. Phil asks Rodney whether he believes Jimmy knew of his affair with Stacey, how does Rodney respond?

Plus, years after his fiancée was raped and murdered, Jimmy Fennell pleaded guilty and went to prison for an unrelated sexual assault committed while he was working as a police officer. He was released from prison in 2018.

“He was an absolute monster,” says his victim, Connie. Watch the video above to hear her story.

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