Texas Court Of Criminal Appeals Grants Rodney Reed Indefinite Stay Of Execution
Rodney Reed has been on death row in Texas since 1998 after being convicted of the rape and murder of 19-year-old Stacy Stites in 1996. He has maintained his innocence for over 22 years. During Reed’s original trial, prosecutors presented DNA evidence found on Stites’s body, which they claimed linked him to the crime.
Support for Reed spiked following a resurgence in media attention, including a two-part Dr. Phil exclusive that included an interview with Reed from death row which first aired on October 10 and October 11, 2019.
Since then, an online petition hosted by the Innocence Project demanding a new trial for Reed has reportedly garnered over three million signatures.
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On Friday, November 15, 2019, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted 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.
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“As you see, when we do bring attention to it, people are outraged,” says Dr. Phil.
Watch the video above to see a timeline of events leading up to the court’s November 15 decision. Plus, learn about Rob Will, another death row inmate in Texas whose guilt has come into question.
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