Rodney Reed

Advocates, family of Rodney Reed fueled by federal hearing

Rodney Reedoriginally by: Our News Now
published: 5 December 2013

Seventeen years ago, the body of Stacey Stites was found in a wooded area near Bastrop. Rodney Reed was convicted for the murder and sent to death row, but for years rumors have swirled he was innocent.

On Wednesday, judges in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard 30 minutes worth of arguments on Reed’s case. It’s the first federal hearing after a string of state appeals.

In 2009, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected arguments by Reed’s defense that new evidence pointed to Stites’ former fiancé, then Giddings Police Officer Jimmy Fennell, as the murderer.

For almost two decades, Sandra Reed has kept her vow to fight for her son’s innocence. “Knowing the evidence, knowing the truth keeps us strong,” she said.

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