All Rights Reserved. Austin Democrat Kirk Watson sent a letter to Texas Gov. The Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear, “I remain hopeful that available state processes will take care to ensure full and fair consideration of Reed’s innocence,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor, “We continue to prepare for Mr. Reed’s hearing in September, when the powerful new evidence can be presented and when any doubt of his innocence can be put to rest,” Reed’s attorneys, “I had to kill my n*****-loving fiancée,”. “I remain hopeful that available state processes will take care to ensure full and fair consideration of Reed’s innocence,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a statement following the decision. Rodney Reed maintains innocence weeks before execution Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed, scheduled to die Nov. 20, maintains his innocence … Jim Dwyer, a celebrated writer and co-author of “Actual Innocence,” died on Thursday. She added that today’s decision does not “close the door” to future review of the case, nor does it pass judgement on whether or not Reed is innocent. Abbott to intervene in scheduled execution of Rodney Reed, Dr. Phil examines new theories in Rodney Reed case. Mountains of evidence exonerates Rodney Reed.

Watson, who said he rarely comments or intervenes in criminal cases, said this murder, which happened in his district, "is unique because of the grave doubt and racial bias that continue to taint Reed's conviction." You can learn more about how we consider cases here. By Innocence Staff . Instead, the evidence implicates the victim’s fiancé – local police officer Jimmy Fennell – who has a history of violence against women, including being convicted for kidnapping and sexual assault soon after Rodney was wrongly sent to prison. No DNA evidence links Reed to the scene of the crime or any other element of the murder. But that is not the only role that race played in this case. Reed, now 53, maintains his innocence. Here’s what you need to know, Round Rock I-35 road rage suspect forced out of truck with tear gas before arrest, police say, Simone Biles didn't just throw the 1st pitch of Game 2 of the World Series -- she flipped and twisted, too, 'Dude Lakes Like a Lady': Austin Lady Bird Lake road sign changed to Lady Dude Lake. Mountains of evidence exonerates Rodney Reed. The case is on-face implausible. Thanks to massive pressure, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered an indefinite stay of execution for Rodney. Reed’s team has already begun preparing for the hearing in the fall, and there are several ways for you to stay involved in Reed’s case as well. Help us advocate for the innocent by sharing the latest news from the Innocence Project. He was charged with capital murder, citing DNA evidence matching Reed’s DNA to a small amount of sperm found inside the body. His most recent claim is impossible based on the most recent evidence. He was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for this. Thanks to massive pressure, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered an indefinite stay of execution for Rodney. Requests to test the murder weapon for DNA have been repeatedly denied. Rodney has steadfastly maintained his innocence from Day 1. Judges will then decide whether or not he gets a new trial. Renowned forensic pathologists including Michael Baden, M.D., Werner Spitz, M.D., LeRoy Riddick, M.D., and Cyril Wecht, M.D.

Prosecutors succesfully argued that this was enough evidence to prove that Reed was responsible for her brutal sexual assault and murder. His suspected motivation was the fact that Stites was having a relationship with another man: Reed. Abbott, believes new information is enough to grant 30-day reprieve for Rodney Reed, Kim Kardashian West asks Gov.

all requests to evaluate new evidence have been unsuccessful. He wrote a letter to the governor, asking for a stay of execution. The Innocence Project would pay for this testing and share the results with the state, leaving no reason for the state to continue to oppose testing efforts. [Courtesy of Massoud Hayoun/ Al Jazeera]. How and where do we sign on for his innocence as we saw on dr.phil asked on Wendy Williams show ??? But he is still in jail, and there will still be a trial. Reality star Kim Kardashian West tweeted at Gov. Three experts that testified during the trial have recanted their testimony, stating that the original time of death is inaccurate, which makes the entire case implausible.

The prosecution, citing that DNA persuaded an all-white jury of his guilt; he was convicted and sentenced to die by lethal injection.

Reed’s request to have the murder weapon tested in this case have been repeatedly denied. Nearly one year later, Bastrop Sheriffs arrested a 29-year-old black man named Rodney Reed. “We continue to prepare for Mr. Reed’s hearing in September, when the powerful new evidence can be presented and when any doubt of his innocence can be put to rest,” Reed’s attorneys said in a statement. All of that evidence was kept from the all white jury that convicted him. the prosecution misinterpreted their testimony in the first place.

In light of his death sentence, Justice Sotomayor wrote that Reed’s claim of innocence and the new evidence in his case “deserve[s] sober consideration.”. never searched the apartment that Stites and Fennell shared. He's scheduled to be executed on Nov. 20.

But that is not the only role that race played in this case. Notably, the jury that convicted Reed was all-white. Press "Enter" or click on the arrow to show results. Rodney Reed. Thank you for visiting us. Free this poor man over 22 years for something he didn’t do. Abbott. Stacey Stites died in April 1996.

Four judges have said Rosa Jimenez is likely innocent, yet she remains in prison in Texas. Multiple witnesses swear under oath that Fennell knew about Stites’ affair with Reed, threatened to kill her because of it and made it clear at her funeral that he believed “She got what he deserved.”, Fennell was subsequently incarcerated for another violent sexual assault.

Innocence Project fears Texas may execute Rodney Reed, an innocent person. Reed is set to be executed on Nov. 20 for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites. Nearly 300 Black people accused of murdering white people have been executed since 1976 — that’s roughly 14 times the number of white people who were executed for murdering white people, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. In 1998, Rodney Reed, who is African-American, was sentenced to death by an all-white jury in Bastrop, Texas, for the rape and murder of Stacey Stites, a 19-year-old white woman.
Reed now awaits his new hearing, scheduled to take place September 14–25, during which his legal team will have the opportunity to present the new and mounting evidence that points to his innocence and new witnesses will testify on Reed’s behalf. Multiple witnesses confirm this, including members of Stites’ family. The Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear Rodney Reed’s case on Monday, noting that the trial court in Texas will hear his case later this year.

The Pulitzer Prize winner shed light on wrongful conviction and injustice in the legal system. Greg Abbott Oct. 23, asking for a stay of execution for Rodney Reed. “Reed has presented a substantial body of evidence that, if true, casts doubt on the veracity and scientific validity of the evidence on which Reed’s conviction rests,” she wrote.

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Austin Democrat Kirk Watson sent a letter to Texas Gov. Fennell later served a 10-year prison sentence for a sex crime and kidnapping, during which, his prisonmate, Arthur Snow, says Fennell confessed to murdering Stites, a white woman, because of her relationship with Reed, who is Black. Earlier this week, attorneys for Reed sent a new letter to the governor to ask for a delay. Greg Abbott Oct. 23, asking for a stay of execution for Rodney Reed. Abbott on Saturday, asking him to "do the right thing.".

Sotomayor emphasized that the questions raised by the new evidence in Reed’s case “should not be brushed aside.”, New evidence in Reed’s case ‘should not be brushed aside.’, Reed has been on death row for more than 22 years, and was granted a stay of execution by Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in November, just five days before he was scheduled to be executed.

Currently, he is scheduled to die in just a few days on November 20, 2019. Forecast: Morning clouds again Sunday, then clearing and warmer for the afternoon, Even through the national bike shortage, 'Yellow Bike Project' helps people get bikes, In the footsteps of Lake Travis legends, Ellisor hits history-making field goal, Vote on your top Texas high school football play – KVUE Big Save of the Week, Kim Kardashian West tweeted at Gov. Despite their claims that they were wrong at the time, and that the prosecution misinterpreted their testimony in the first place, the State of Texas continues to ignore this evidence. In 1998, Reed was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1997 murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, Texas, but he has always maintained his innocence. Fennell was the original prime suspect in the case. have all concluded that Reed’s guilt is medically and scientifically impossible.

In Watson's letter to the governor, he wrote in part, "We will not serve justice or increase the public's faith in our legal institutions by taking the irrevocable step of executing Reed when significant and credible evidence pointing to his innocence has not undergone a thorough, unbiased review.". His friend fellow police officer now admits that Fennell gave him completely inconsistent accounts. Even though he was the “prime suspect” at the time, police never searched the apartment that Stites and Fennell shared. “I had to kill my n*****-loving fiancée,” Snow recalls Fennell saying.

After the murder of Stacey Stites, Fennell kidnapped a woman and sexually assaulted her while on duty as a police officer. In his efforts to join the Aryan Brotherhood, he bragged to other prisoners that he murdered his wife for sleeping with a black man, stating “I had to kill my n*****-loving fiancée.”. Fennel has a long history of violence against women, including multiple complaints about his behavior towards women as a police officer.