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Wrongful Conviction: Rodney Reed | NowThis

Rodney Reed is set to be executed in one week for a murder he says he didn't commit. In the years since his trial, testimonies have been recanted, new witnesses have come forward, and the man believed to be the real killer is still out there. » Learn more about Rodney Reed's case and sign the petition to stop his execution here: » Listen to the full podcast episode of Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom here: » Subscribe to NowThis: » Sign up for our newsletter KnowThis to get the biggest stories of the day delivered straight to your inbox: Rodney Reed has been on death row since 1998 for the murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites. Reed has maintained his innocence since his arrest, yet the state of Texas plans to execute him on November 20, 2019. The only evidence that connects Reed to the murder is DNA found in Stites’ body. However, people who knew Reed and Stites have confirmed the two had a consensual intimate relationship. At the time of the murder, Stites was engaged to a police officer named Jimmy Fennell. Fennell was known for racist remarks and a pattern of abusive behavior. Stites and Fennell are both white, and Rodney Reed is Black. In 2007, years after Stites’ murder, Fennell was convicted of aggravated sexual assault for raping a woman while she was in police custody. He served 8 years in prison. Police say Fennell was considered a suspect in the initial investigation into Stites’ murder, but their apartment was never searched, and his DNA was never tested against the murder weapon. In the years since Rodney Reed’s conviction, support for him has spread beyond his Texas hometown, and even gotten the attention of Kim Kardashian and Mark Cuban. His family, and even members of Stites’ family, maintain his innocence. Reed’s lawyers have been pushing for further DNA testing that could prove his innocence, but the November execution date is fast approaching. They are asking Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to grant a reprieve and order a new investigation that could save Reed's life. #RodneyReed #WrongfulConviction #Exonerated #CriminalJusticeSystem #WorldKindnessDay #News #NowThis #NowThisNews Connect with NowThis » Like us on Facebook: » Tweet us on Twitter: » Follow us on Instagram: » Find us on Snapchat Discover: Wrongful Conviction is a video series based on music industry executive and social justice advocate Jason Flom’s successful podcast of the same title. Through podcast-style interviews with Jason and personal story-telling, we discover where the flaws lie within the criminal justice system that allows for an innocent person to be convicted of a crime. Hear from the exonerees first-hand and watch the chilling, heartbreaking, emotional stories unfold. What is life like for an innocent person on death row? How does one keep hope alive when they're failed by the justice system? How do they pick up the pieces once they're exonerated, or are they still waiting for the truth to come out? NowThis is your premier news outlet providing you with all the videos you need to stay up to date on all the latest in trending news. From entertainment to politics, to viral videos and breaking news stories, we’re delivering all you need to know straight to your social feeds. We live where you live. @nowthisnews

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