Inmate Rodney Reed has been on death row for the past 21 years. Reed’s execution was previously scheduled on November 20. However, it has now been suspended.
Kim Kardashian West in a post on Instagram that she was with Rodney Reed when he received the news that he was granted a stay of execution. She wrote, “Today, I had the honor of meeting #RodneyReed in person and the privilege of sitting with him when he got the news that the highest court in Texas had issued a stay of execution and remanded the case back to the trial court for further consideration.”
Further adding, “Words cannot describe the relief and hope that swept over the room in that moment. That hope had been building over the last few weeks around Rodney’s case. We have seen Democrats and Republicans come together. We have seen grassroots activists and lawmakers link arms. Also, we have heard people all around the globe speak up. And all because of a deep belief that every man or woman accused of a crime – especially one punishable by death – deserves the chance to have all available evidence considered.”
“So grateful for the commitment and passion of everyone who voiced their support, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles for their recommendation to issue a 120 day reprieve, and the courts for issuing a stay!” Kardashian also wrote.
The execution was suspended after Reed’s lawyers with the Innocence Project revealed that they had new eyewitnesses regarding his case. Now, the inmate has 120 days of reprieve.
Furthermore, many other celebrities also appealed to the court previously to stop Reed’s execution. Among them were Rihanna, Beyonce and Meek Mill.
Rodney Reed was arrested for assaulting, raping and strangling a 19-year-old girl named Stacey Stiles in 1996.
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