Rodney Reed is scheduled to be executed in less than three weeks, so the urgency in getting the facts about his case is immediate.
Kim Kardashian was one of the first bigtime celebrities to call for a halt in Reed’s execution and now others are joining her.
Here are some of the big names raising awareness around Reed’s case:
I just signed the petition to stop the execution of #RODNEYREED @Justice4Rodney Thank you shaunking for shining such a bright light on this situation where this brother will be executed in the next 16 days for a… https://t.co/8afYTBPuOn— Busta Rhymes (@BustaRhymes) November 4, 2019
Rodney Reed was convicted of the 1996 rape and murder of Stacey Stites – a woman he was having a sexual relationship with in Bishop, Texas.
According to the Innocence Project, the state is on the "verge of executing an innocent man," citing numerous contradicting confessions and evidence which implicates Stites' fiancé, Jimmy Fennell, a local police officer who was originally the prime suspect in her murder.
Reed’s legal team filed for an application for clemency on October 30, but in the meantime, thousands are relaying their support via a change.org petition.
More than 100,000 signatures have been gathered urging the execution to be stopped and all new evidence in the case be presented to a jury.
"There's so much evidence out there, there's so much doubt out there, and it just blows my mind that they can sit back, and let us sit in this state of uncertainty," Reed’s brother, Rodrick Reed, told CBS Austin at the demonstration. "That's torture."
The Innocence Project states Reed and Stites were romantically involved, even though Stites was engaged to be married to local police officer Jimmy Fennell. Witnesses now say Fennell confessed to having “to kill my [n-word]-loving fiancée.”
Rodney Reed’s execution is still slated for November 20.
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