Rodney Reed Speaks Out from Death Row A Year After His Execution Stay
The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the Texas prison system and pushed Rodney Reed’s hearing back to 2021
11.15.20 By Alicia Maule
Over a year ago on Nov. 15, 2019, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued an indefinite stay of execution for Innocence Project client Rodney Reed, who was facing execution for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, Texas. The court ordered a new hearing in response to the mounting evidence of Mr. Reed’s actual innocence, evidence of Brady violations, and false testimony presented by the State at his trial.
The ruling gave Mr. Reed and his family hope, but the COVID-19 pandemic has since devastated Texas’ prison system and delayed Mr. Reed’s hearing until 2021.