closeVideo of Rodney Reed is innocent,” said forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden
The forensic pathologist known for his high-profile examinations in the cases, including that of Jeffrey Epstein, O. J. Simpson, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King tells a Fox News-Rodney Reed is innocent. Reed is scheduled to be executed in Texas on Nov. 20.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued an indefinite stay on Friday to halt the planned execution of Rodney Reed in the middle of a conversation, by all his followers, including some celebrities, to review his murder conviction because of new evidence.
The statement came hours after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously recommended the postponement of the annual performance of the 120 days. The republican Gov. In fact, Greg Abbott, had to decide whether or not to accept the board’s recommendation that prior to Friday’s ruling by the court of justice, which makes the decision questionable. The council recommended that commuting a sentence of death just five times since 1982, while Abbott had stopped, and only the next execution, in 2018, and in his four years in office.
In the four-page order, the appeals court said in Reed’s case, it needs to be brought back to the district court in Bastrop County, so it would not be able to investigate his claims that he is innocent and that the prosecutors suppressed evidence and presented false testimony.
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Bryce Benjet, an attorney with the Innocence Project, which is representing Reed, said the attorneys for the defense were a “very, very relieved and grateful” for the court, the court of appeal.
“This is an opportunity that will allow for a proper consideration of the powerful and the fitting of the new evidence of Mr. Reed’s innocence,” Benjet said in a statement.
Rodney Reed, waves to his family-in this 2017, in the photo. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File
In Reed’s case, this has led to a great deal of interest, and he has an outpouring of support from big names such as Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and Oprah winfrey, and legislators from both parties, who are asking that his execution be halted and his case will be reviewed in the light of new evidence, they argue, raises doubt about his guilt.
Reed, 51, has maintained his innocence in connection with the abduction, rape and strangulation of a 19-year-old Stacey Stites, whose body was found in 1996 on the side of the road, to the south-east of Austin.
Reed was arrested almost a year later, when his DNA turned up in an unrelated sexual assault, was convicted and sentenced to death in 1998.
His attorneys and supporters have argued that the new evidence points to Stites’ fiancé, a former police officer named Jimmy Fennell, who is a suspect in the original investigation. Reed said Fennell, who is white, was upset that she was having an affair with Reed, who is black and white.
Demonstrators chant outside the Bastrop County courthouse this week. (Nick Wagner/the Austin American-Statesman, via AP)
The prosecutor said Reed’s semen was found in Stites and his the claims of an affair were ” not proven at trial. She said Fennell was cleared as a suspect, and that Reed had a history of sexual abuse and violence. Fennell’s attorney, has said his client did not kill Stites.
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Fennell was paroled last year after serving prison time for sexual assault and sexual interference. Last week, Reed’s attorneys have presented affidavits in support of his claims of innocence, including one by an ex-convict who claims that Fennell remarked to the killing of Stites, and provided to Reed by a racial slur.
The Reed has on several occasions applied for, including one to the U.S. Supreme court. In August, his lawyers filed a federal lawsuit to compel DNA testing of crime scene evidence, including the alleged murder weapon. His lawyers say the tests, which have been fought for years by the public prosecutor’s office, could not identify someone else as the murderer. That case is still pending.