Rodney Reed’s execution has been granted a stay by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
The Texas Board of Pardons and Parole had petitioned Gov. Greg Abbott for a 120-day delay to his execution in response to a clemency application from Reed, based on new evidence that could exonerate him. The decision was made hours later.
The Innocence Project highlighted this case and the news spread like wildfire over social media. Celebrities and lawmakers all joined in the beg Gov. Abbott to stay the execution and look at the evidence which it seems he has done.
BREAKING NEWS: Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has granted #RodneyReed an indefinite stay of execution, meaning he no longer has an execution date! Stay tuned for more info.
— Innocence Project (@innocence) November 15, 2019
After a Texas parole board unanimously recommended the governor delay the execution of Rodney Reed, a state appeals court has issued a stay, ordering a trial court to hear new evidence.
The Texas Court of Appeals found that Mr Reed’s claim of suppressed evidence as well “false testimony and actual innocence claims” will be considered before any further action is taken.
Mr Reed remains on death row despite mounting evidence that could prove his innocence in a 1996 murder.
The seven-member Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles also delivered a recommendation for a 120-day reprieve to Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday.
Mr Reed was scheduled to be killed by the state on 20 November. The appeals court order grants Mr Reed an indefinite stay, lifting his execution date.
He has been on death row since 1998 [The Independent]
#Breaking The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles just unanimously voted to recommend to Gov. Abbott to grant Rodney Reed a 120 day delay to his execution, but not to commute his sentence to a lesser sentence. pic.twitter.com/h9Uo3ikWPk
— Christian Flores (@CFloresNews) November 15, 2019
Now what needs to happen is all of those celebrities that tweeted, shell out the bucks and get Reed the best defense lawyer team around. The job isn’t finished and if the Governor granted the stay, there has to be something there.
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