Family, advocates for Rodney Reed rally at Texas Capitol Saturday

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The family and advocates for a man who has maintained his innocence for more than two decades continued to call for justice Saturday evening at the Texas State Capitol.

Rodney Reed, 53, was convicted of murdering 19-year-old Stacey Stites in Bastrop in 1996 and has been on death row. In November 2019, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed Reed’s execution date.

Now, a new hearing for Reed will begin July 19 in Bastrop, where the defense will present evidence and call on witnesses to support his innocence. This could lead to a new trial for Reed.

Reed’s brother, Rodrick Reed, confirmed to KXAN through email on Saturday that Rodney was moved from death row to Bastrop County Jail on Friday. He is scheduled to be there through July 30.

“We want a fair trail for Rodney, that’s all we’ve ever asked for. So he can call all of his witnesses, all the DNA testing can be done, so all the medical and forensic sciences can be admitted,” Rodrick said.

The rally for Reed started at 6 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol near Congress Avenue and West 11th Street.

  • Family and advocates for Rodney Reed gathered at the Texas Capitol Saturday evening to demand justice (KXAN Photo/Clare O'Connor)
  • Family and advocates for Rodney Reed gathered at the Texas Capitol Saturday evening to demand justice (KXAN Photo/Clare O'Connor)
  • Family and advocates for Rodney Reed gathered at the Texas Capitol Saturday evening to demand justice (KXAN Photo/Clare O'Connor)
  • Family and advocates for Rodney Reed gathered at the Texas Capitol Saturday evening to demand justice (KXAN Photo/Clare O'Connor)

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