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Fri Nov 15, 2019, 10:48 PM

Texas Appeals Court Stays Execution of Death Row Inmate

Source: Courthouse News

A Texas appeals court on Friday stayed the execution of a black man who has been on death row for more than 20 years for the rape and murder of a white woman. His attorneys say it is “scientifically impossible” to pin the killing on him based on new evidence.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted Rodney Reed’s habeas claim, remanding his case to the trial court to vet his claims that prosecutors did not share evidence proving his innocence with his defense team and presented false testimony.
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Reed’s lead attorney, Bryce Benjet at the Innocence Project in New York, says in court filings that no DNA evidence other than Reed’s sperm connected him to the pickup or the site where Stite’s body was found. They say he was having an affair with Stites and had consensual sex with her in the days before her murder.

Reed’s attorneys also say courts have ignored evidence pointing to Fennell as the killer.

They claim three leading forensic pathologists found the state’s theory of Reed’s guilt “medically and scientifically impossible” because based on their review of crime scene photos, Stites had been murdered hours before Fennell claimed she had left their apartment to drive to work.

Read more: https://www.courthousenews.com/texas-appeals-court-stays-execution-of-death-row-inmate/



FYI Fennell was the murdered woman's husband.

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Response to Princess Turandot (Original post)

Fri Nov 15, 2019, 10:54 PM

1. Thank goodness.

New evidence needs to be heard out in court.

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Response to Mersky (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 01:30 AM

4. thank goodness they did this and we don't have to count on the governor

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Response to Princess Turandot (Original post)

Fri Nov 15, 2019, 11:07 PM

2. Fennell was her fiance

He was also a cop and he did 10 years in prison for kidnapping.

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Response to griffi94 (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 02:06 PM

6. Kidnapping AND sexual misconduct

Fennell plead guilty, which probably means the original charges were more serious.

He was the original suspect in the case. He failed a polygraph TWICE. A coworker of his, who went to her funeral, heard him say "You got what you deserved" over her grave.

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Response to Princess Turandot (Original post)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 12:04 AM

3. The Innocence Project has saved several people from being unjustly murdered by the state

I contribute to them regularly, since they are often the only thing preventing the unjustified ritual state murder of the wrongly accused and convicted.

And, by the way, where are the "pro life" people when it counts, hmmm?

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Response to DFW (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 16, 2019, 02:30 AM

5. I too donate to The Innocence Project.

They and the ACLU are my two most trusted.

Rodney King deserves his second day in court and this stay is a good thing. There's too many uncertainties in this case to just ignore.

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