Stay Of Execution Granted To Rodney Reed. Brother Says Death Penalty Should Be Abolished
On Friday, November 15, 2019, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted death row inmate Rodney Reed an indefinite stay of execution just five days before he was scheduled to die. The case is being sent back to the trial court.
Reed was convicted of the 1996 rape and murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites. During Reed’s original trial, prosecutors presented DNA evidence which they claimed linked him to sexual assault and murder.
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Now 52, Reed has been on death row in Texas since 1998. He has maintained his innocence for over 22 years and had previously exhausted all appeals.
“I think this case is a prime example why they should abolish the death penalty,” says Reed’s brother, Roderick Reed in the video above, adding, “Because it is so corrupt. It is racist. It is bias, and all those things that played a major role in my brother’s case.”
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Public interest and support for Reed spiked following a resurgence in media attention, including a two-part Dr. Phil exclusive interview with Reed from death row, which first aired on October 10 and October 11, 2019.
Rodney Reed is represented by a legal team from the Innocence Project. On Monday’s Dr. Phil, find out how they and others, including Amanda Knox, who was acquitted in 2015 of murdering her roommate after spending four years in an Italian Prison, have joined the cause.
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