HOUSTON — A Texas prisoner who has long claimed his innocence in the murder of a woman 23 years ago was days away from his execution on Friday when an appeals court stepped in to suspend his death sentence indefinitely. Greg Abbott grant a day reprieve for Mr. He had been scheduled to die on Wednesday. By granting the indefinite stay and sending the case back to a trial court, the Texas appeals court — the highest criminal court in the state — provided Mr. Benjet added that he had just spoken to Mr. Reed was convicted of the murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, Texas. Stites, 19, was strangled, and her body was dumped alongside a rural road. Prosecutors said she had also been raped, and Mr. Reed was arrested based mostly on DNA tests. He maintained that he and Ms.
What is the evidence?
R odney Reed, a death row inmate in Livingston, Texas, who was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Nov. In recent weeks, his case has received widespread attention and a wave of support from celebrities, activists and lawmakers who are calling on the state to stop the execution. Earlier on Friday, the Texas Board of Paroles and Pardons had said that they were recommending that the execution be delayed days. In , Reed, 51, was found guilty of the abduction, rape and murder of year-old Stacey Stites in Bastrop, Texas. He has always maintained his innocence.
Rodney Reed no longer has an execution date. The fight continues to bring him home.
Thanks to massive pressure, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered an indefinite stay of execution for Rodney. But he is still in jail, and there will still be a trial. Mountains of evidence exonerates Rodney Reed. All of that evidence was kept from the all white jury that convicted him. We must continue to organize to bring Rodney home and to end the racist and deeply problematic death penalty. Stacey Stites died in April Nearly one year later, Bastrop Sheriffs arrested a year-old black man named Rodney Reed. Prosecutors succesfully argued that this was enough evidence to prove that Reed was responsible for her brutal sexual assault and murder. Rodney has steadfastly maintained his innocence from Day 1. Absolutely zero evidence exists that Rodney had anything at all to do with this crime.
News This story was updated on Dec. Rodney Reed , who maintains his innocence, has been on death row for more than 22 years for the murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, Texas. On Nov. Learn more about Rodney Reed and his life before he was wrongfully convicted. Help us advocate for the innocent by sharing the latest news from the Innocence Project. Thank you for visiting us. You can learn more about how we consider cases here.