Rodney Reed, who is black, was convicted by an all-white jury of the 1996 sexual assault and murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites, a white woman with whom he claims to have had a secret sexual relationship. Reed, a death row inmate who has maintained his innocence for over 22 years, has exhausted all appeals. He’s scheduled to be put to death on November 20, 2019.

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Reed is represented by Bryce Benjet of the Innocence Project, who is working on his behalf to get a stay of execution and calling for a new trial based on a previous denial of DNA evidence that could clear him. Thousands of others have signed a petition asking that Reed’s execution be stopped and a new trial granted.

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“Have you been surprised at how much support you’ve had?” Dr. Phil asks Reed during a prison interview in Livingston, Texas.

“Yes,” Reed responds, “But I think that people support the truth.”

Watch the video above to learn more, then watch the conclusion of this two-part Dr. Phil airing Friday. Check here to find your local listing..

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