AUSTIN (KXAN) — A message critical of Gov. Greg Abbott and his handling of the Rodney Reed case has been spray-painted in at least two locations in Austin, including a downtown television station.
The message reads, “Greg Abbot (sic) can but won’t stop the murder of Rodney Reed.”
That was spray-painted across the building of Fox 7 early Thursday morning. An identical message with the same misspelling of Abbott was shared by the Free Rodney Reed Twitter account Wednesday.
Reed is set to be executed for the murder of Stacey Stites on Nov. 20. His lawyers have said they have new evidence, including a new witness who says Stites’ fiance confessed to the crime while serving time in prison for a 2007 rape.
Reed’s legal team released a statement addressing the vandalism:
“The irrefutable evidence of Mr. Reed’s innocence has compelled millions all over the world to rally to his cause. Not only celebrities and the well-connected, but average everyday Texans and Americans. Mr. Reed is eternally grateful that they have and hopes they will continue in the peaceful fight to right this tragic wrong. He does not condone vandalism, however, and would like to express his deep regret to Fox 7 News for the actions of one apparent supporter in speaking out against his execution.The legal team of Rodney Reed
Instead of a spray can, he urges those interested to pick up a telephone to call your legislators and leaders, or a pen and paper to write the Governor and Board of Pardons and Paroles, or to engage in other constructive and peaceful actions to bring attention to his innocence.
May God see that justice is done.”
Support for Reed has been growing, grabbing the attention of celebrities like Rihanna, Meek Mill and Kim Kardashian West. An online petition urging Gov. Abbott for a stay of execution now has nearly 2 million signatures as of Thursday morning.