Wish Rodney Reed a Happy Birthday

Rodney Reed as a child. (Courtesy of the Reed Justice Initiative)

Wish Rodney Reed a Happy Birthday

Rodney Reed has spent his last 24 birthdays on death row in Texas for a crime he didn’t commit. On December 22, he’ll turn 54 — and we want him to know we’re thinking of him.

Write him a birthday message, and we’ll make sure he gets it.

Related: Prosecutors Illegally Hid Evidence That Could Have Exonerated Rodney Reed

This past July, Mr. Reed’s legal team presented its case that he deserves a new trial in light of the newly discovered evidence that supports his innocence claim. 

On Friday, December 17, 2021, the legal team filed a Request for Grant of Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus that reveals prosecutors at Mr. Reed’s 1998 trial illegally concealed statements from Stacey Stites’s co-workers showing that Mr. Reed and Ms. Stites knew each other and were romantically involved. Mr. Reed’s application also stated that the State illegally suppressed statements from Ms. Stites’s neighbors about loud domestic violence arguments between Ms. Stites and her fiancé, Jimmy Fennell, a police officer who was the prime suspect in Ms. Stites’s murder for nearly a year.

We’re still fighting to get Rodney out of prison as soon as possible, and to change the system that allows wrongful convictions like Rodney’s to happen in the first place.

But it’s unclear how many more birthdays Rodney will have to spend behind bars. So until Rodney is free, please help us wish him a happy birthday and remind him that he’s not alone by sending him a note above.

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