Death row inmate Rodney Reed maintains innocence weeks before execution: ‘They’re going to be executing an innocent man’
Rihanna, T.I., Busta Rhymes, Meek Mill, Questlove and a number of other prominent hip-hop and R&B acts have taken to Twitter to urge the state of Texas to halt the planned execution this month of Rodney Reed in light of new evidence in the death row inmate’s case. Reed, who has spent more than two decades on death row for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites in Texas, is slated to be executed on Nov. 20.
According to CNN, a former prison inmate (Arthur Snow Jr.) has claimed in an affidavit that someone else, Stites’ fiancé, Jimmy Fennell, confessed to the murder several years ago. Reed, who is black, was convicted by an all-white jury of sexually assaulting and murdering Stites, a 19-year-old white woman, who was engaged at the time to local police officer Fennell.
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Reed’s attorneys filed an application for clemency last week in an attempt to block his scheduled execution and a number of artists have joined the rising chorus — which also included a plea last month from Kim Kardashian West — asking Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to intervene. Click here to see the petition from Innocence Project.
See their tweets below.
There is an innocent man on death row with mere days before his execution. Please take time out to sign this petition to tell @GovAbbott #FreeRodneyReed https://t.co/u9jfiSFwQh— Questlove from @SongsThatShook Oct 13th @AMC_tv (@questlove) November 4, 2019
I will never understand how we execute when we know it sometimes dooms innocent people. Click and sign and tell @GovAbbott to stop the execution of Rodney Reed. #FreeRodneyReed https://t.co/JXl65xcNHL— Moshe Kasher (@moshekasher) November 4, 2019