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Texas Appeals Court Halts Execution of Rodney Reed

HeadlineNov 18, 2019

In a stunning decision handed down Friday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted the execution of Rodney Reed, an African-American death row prisoner who was scheduled to be executed on Wednesday for a murder he says he did not commit. In 1998, an all-white jury sentenced Reed to die for the murder of Stacey Stites, a 19-year-old white woman, after his DNA was found inside her body. The two were having an affair at the time of her death. But new and previously ignored details in the case indicate that Stites’s then-fiancé, a white police officer named Jimmy Fennell, may in fact be responsible for the killing. We’ll have more on decision to halt Rodney Reed’s execution later in the broadcast.

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