AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — The family of death row inmate Rodney Reed held a rally in front of the governor’s mansion Friday in an effort to get Greg Abbott’s attention after a Bastrop County judge set an execution date for November.
Rodney Reed was convicted of murdering 19-year-old Stacy Stites in 1996, but his family thinks he was wrongfully convicted. They have been fighting for years to get Reed a new trial.
DNA from the Stites case matched Reed, but he said he had a secret and consensual relationship with her. Reed’s attorney believes new evidence will show Stites; fiance at the time, Jimmy Fennell, killed her. Fennell, then a Georgetown Police Officer, was later sentenced to 10 years in prison for an unrelated crime.
Reed has tried to appeal his case eight times in the past 20 years.
“We just want justice. We just want a fair trial,” said Reed’s brother Roderick. “Test the DNA. That’s what I want him to hear. Have them test the DNA.”
Reed’s execution is currently set for November 20, 2019.