Rodney Reed movie airs 2 weeks before scheduled execution


AUSTIN (KXAN) — An inmate on death row scheduled to be executed in two weeks received national attention this week.

Rodney Reed was convicted of raping and killing Stacey Stites back in 1996, but Reed maintains he is innocent. A&E aired a made-for-TV movie Monday profiling his case.

In a recent interview, Reed spoke with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes about his fight to get off of death row, where he has been for 19 years.

“I don’t entertain the thought of being executed. I don’t,” said Reed. “You know, if that happens, it happens, you know. But, um, I’m not looking for that to happen. I mean, the evidence speaks for itself.”

While viewers see Reed’s story told on TV, one person not watching is Stites’ mom, Carol Stites. She posted on Facebook that the movie producers never asked her what she thought, saying “no one cares about my daughter.”

While Stites’ mother believes Reed is guilty, other relatives want him freed.

“I’m overwhelmed with the idea that he could be put to death with all these questions still hanging out there,” said Stites’ cousin, Heather Stobbs. “In researching and reading stuff and talking with people, I feel that he’s innocent.”

Reed’s brother, Rodrick, spoke to a large group of supporters over the weekend in East Austin, calling for a new trial.

“Every day is almost like a living nightmare,” he said. “You know, you can’t wake up from.”

Reed’s fate now lies in the hands of a judge. Eight inmates are set to be executed in the next two months. Reed is the only one from this area. Right now more than 200 people, mostly men, are on death row in Texas.

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