(February 23, 2015 – Austin, TX) Today the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed the execution of death row inmate Rodney Reed in response a motion filed by his lawyer earlier this month. The following can be attributed to Reed’s lawyer, Bryce Benjet, a staff attorney with the Innocence Project, which is affiliated with Cardozo School of Law.
We’re extremely relieved that the court has stayed Mr. Reed’s execution so there will be proper consideration of the powerful new evidence of his innocence. We are also optimistic that this will give us the opportunity to finally conduct DNA testing that could prove who actually committed the crime.
A copy of the court’s order is available at