At 52, Rodney Reed has been sitting on death row for over 22 years. He was convicted in 1998 of raping and strangling 19-year-old Stacy Stites in 1996.

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During Reed’s original trial, prosecutors presented DNA evidence found on Stacey Stites’s body, which they claimed linked him to the sexual assault and murder.

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Reed, who was arrested a year after Ms. Stites was killed, claims he and Stacey were involved in a secret sexual relationship for several months prior to her death. He also says he denied knowing Stacey when he was first brought in for questioning.

“I guess I just went into defense mode because I didn’t want to be incriminated in any kind of way with her death,” says Reed to Dr. Phil in a death row interview airing Thursday.

Rodney Reed maintains he did not rape Stacey Stites and had nothing to do with her murder. What does his alibi witness say Reed was doing at the time authorities say Stacey was killed?

And later, Dr. Phil talks to another witness who corroborates Reed’s claim that he was having an affair with Stacey Stites.

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