November 15, 2019
BREAKING: RODNEY REED’S EXECUTION IS STAYED By order of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Reed’s “Brady, false testimony, and actual innocence claims” will be considered by the trial court in his case before any further action is taken. This ruling comes just hours after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously voted for a 120-day stay.
This is a huge victory for Rodney and all his supporters! We must keep up the fight until the trial and be prepared for more dirty tricks from the Bastrop District Attorney, but today is a day to celebrate! This could not have happened without the outpouring of support from around the world. Together we can win.
‒ A lawsuit asks U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel of Austin to order DNA testing on the belt used to strangle Stites and on other crime scene evidence that was likely touched by the killer but has not yet been tested.
‒ The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to weigh Reed’s claim of innocence. The court considered Reed’ case during Friday’s private conference and is expected to announce its decision Monday morning
The New York Times reports:
“It was unclear whether Friday’s [Supreme Court] ruling would lead to a resolution of one of the most contentious issues in the case: Mr. Reed’s lawyers have pushed for the murder weapon — Ms. Stites’s belt — to be tested for DNA evidence, which has yet to happen.
Mr. MacRae [Rodney’s attorney] said he expected that an evidentiary hearing would take place in another four to six months, in which the new witnesses would testify and other evidence would be examined in court. He said it was possible that Mr. Reed’s defense team would also subpoena [Jimmy] Fennell.
Other witnesses could still come forward, Mr. MacRae added. “It’s still an open investigation,” he said.
“At every turn we have asked for a hearing at which we can present the evidence, in full, of Rodney Reed’s innocence,” said Bryce Benjet, one of Mr. Reed’s lawyers. “So it is extremely rewarding that we can finally have a chance to fully present his case in court, so it can be determined that he did not commit this crime.”
Mr. Benjet added that he had just spoken to Mr. Reed’s mother. “She was both relieved and elated,” he said.”