Social media activists are using their platforms to call for the release of death row inmate Rodney Reed, whose execution is scheduled for November 20th.
Reed was convicted in the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites despite the fact that forensic experts say his guilt is medically and scientifically impossible, according to the Innocence Project.
In this final effort to save Reed’s life, protesters are turning up the heat on Texas Governor Greg Abbott, especially since there is new evidence to prove Reed’s innocence. A former prison inmate filed an affidavit in court earlier this week claiming Stites’ fiance confessed to killing her years ago, according to CNN. There’s also the fact that the murder weapon has never been tested for DNA.
Now activists on social media are calling this an emergency and urging people to sign a petition to save Reed’s life. Even Dr. Phil has done a special on Reed’s case because he feels Reed did not get a fair trial.
Reed has spent more than 21 years on death row for Stites’ murder, which took place in Bastrop, Texas. Police said Reed assaulted, raped and strangled her, but he has always maintained his innocence.
Reed allegedly had a romantic relationship with Stites but it is believed that her then fiance Jimmy Fennell was the murderer.
Arthur Snow Jr., the former inmate who claims Fennell killed Stites, said he had been serving a sentence for forgery at a Texas prison in 2010 when he made a deal with Fennell, who’d sought protection from other inmates, the document states.
Snow was then a member of the Aryan Brotherhood gang, according to the affidavit, which states that Snow said he was with Fennell in the prison yard when Fennell started bragging about killing Stites.
“Jimmy said his fiancé had been sleeping around with a black man behind his back,” Snow wrote. “Toward the end of the conversation Jimmy said confidently, ‘I had to kill my n*****- loving fiancé…My impression was the Jimmy felt safe, even proud, sharing this information with me because I was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. I think Jimmy assumed that his confession would impress me and earn him credibility with the Aryan Brotherhood.”
Authorities initially suspected Stites fiance, Giddings police officer Jimmy Fennell, in her murder, but it is believed he was cleared of any wrongdoing with the help of some racist cops.
Bastrop Sheriff’s Officer Curtis Davis, Fennell’s former best friend, admitted Fennell provided contradictory accounts of where he was on the night of Stites’ death.
Fennell’s attorney, Robert Phillips, said Snow is a career criminal and his claim is not credible nor in the “world of reality.”
Fennell did time in prison for rape but has since been released. Phillips says his client has converted to Christianity and is helping people with drug addictions.
The last time we reported on this story, Reed’s petition had garnered more than 64,000 signatures.
We’ll keep you posted on any updates.