Friday, February 13, 2015
Innocence Project: Tell Texas Not to Execute a Potentially Innocent Man
Rodney Reed is scheduled to be executed on March 5, despite mounting evidence of his innocence. With so much doubt around who the true perpetrator is in his case, it is unconscionable that the State of Texas would move forward with his execution.
Join us in calling on Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant clemency to Rodney Reed to prevent the execution of a likely innocent man!
After the original medical examiner in Rodney’s case changed his opinion as to the time of death, three respected forensic pathologist recently reviewed the evidence and concluded that Stacey Stites, the victim, was likely killed long before she was alleged to have been abducted and killed by Reed on her way to work on April 23, 1996. In fact, this new evidence provides extremely persuasive evidence that the crime was committed by Stites’ fiancé, an early suspect and a former police sergeant who is currently in prison for kidnapping and improper sexual contact with a person in custody. Yet, incredibly, the state has fought our efforts to conduct DNA testing that could prove who is really responsible.
In addition to the new scientific evidence pointing to his innocence, two of the victim’s former co-workers now corroborate Rodney’s claims that he was having a clandestine romantic relationship with Stites. Rodney says they kept the relationship private because it was an interracial relationship in a small town and because the victim was engaged.
It is vitally important that as many people as possible contact the Governor and Parole Board and let them know that it’s never acceptable to execute a possibly innocent person. Join us in calling on Governor Abbott and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant clemency to Rodney Reed.