BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — Protesters are rallying outside the Bastrop County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday in an effort to halt the execution of Rodney Reed.
This is after a court hearing asking to void the execution date that was scheduled for Wednesday was canceled after Bastrop District Attorney Bryan Goertz and Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a motion to stop the hearing.
Reed’s case came under the national spotlight after he was convicted of the April 1996 rape and murder of Stacey Stites. Sentenced to death, the controversial case has taken a new twist after Reed’s defense and supporters argue new evidence could exonerate him of the crime.
The rally, organized by Reed’s family, will have the following speakers:
- Sandra Reed: Reed’s mother and President of Reed Justice Initiative
- Lee Merritt, Esq.: Civil rights attorney of The Merritt Law Firm
- Brother Robert L. Muhammad: Leader of Austin Nation of Islam
- Mark Clements: former juvenile LWOP prisoner
- Deke Pierce: 28-year law enforcement veteran and mobilizer of “The Amicus 13”
- Reverend Byron Keith Green: Pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church
- Rodrick Reed: brother of Rodney Reed & Vice President of Reed Justice Initiative