Celebrities are banding together to are attempting to free Rodney Reed — a Texas loss of life row inmate accused of raping and killing a girl — sooner than his scheduled execution two weeks from Wednesday.
Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, T.I. and Meek Mill are among the many high-profile names advocating for Reed’s release. The 51-twelve months-passe man has maintained his innocence in the kidnapping, rape and strangling of Stacy Stites, a 19-twelve months-passe whose body develop into as soon as chanced on off the side of a road roughly 35 miles southeast of Austin in 1996.
Reed develop into as soon as arrested in terms of a twelve months after Stites’ loss of life, after his DNA surfaced in an unrelated sexual assault, and in 1998 develop into as soon as sentenced to loss of life. However his lawyers have acknowledged new evidence aspects to the girl’s fiancé, Jimmy Fennell, who develop into as soon as a suspect in the authentic investigation.
Kardashian — who revealed earlier this twelve months she’s studying to develop into a lawyer — spoke with Reed final week to talk about his scheduled execution, TMZ reported. She believes new witnesses and evidence will exonerate Reed for the abolish, and implicate the staunch wrongdoer.
Final month, she tweeted she believes Reed is innocent and informed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to “attain to the precise ingredient” and grant Reed clemency, writing: “How are you going to develop a particular person when since his trial, broad evidence that will exonerate Rodney Reed has near ahead and even implicates the opposite particular person of passion.”
The actuality television well-known particular person has “been working tirelessly unhurried the scenes to invent staunch assets to Reed as he tries to bag a preserve of execution,” per TMZ. Reed’s brother thanked Kardashian on Monday and described her as “a blessing to the total households you indicate for. We’re so delighted that you simply might perchance have publicly voiced that you simply additionally imagine he is innocent.”
Kim Kardashian believes Rodney Reed is innocent in the 1996 abolish of Stacy Stites, and has informed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to release him from loss of life row.
Singer Rihanna is additionally advocating for Reed’s release. She tweeted out a link to the “Free Rodney Reed” petition — that’s garnered over 1.4 million signatures as of Wednesday morning — and informed her followers to “SIGN this petition while you don’t imagine the Executive will have to restful abolish an innocent man!!! @GovAbbott.”
Rapper Meek Mill, who has had his contain complications with the criminal justice system stemming from a 2007 arrest, tweeted on Sunday he doesn’t imagine Reed killed Stites, and posted a link to FreeRodneyReed.com. He acknowledged in August he planned on continuing “to realize what I attain with the reform movement and aid the folk who helped me.”
Other rappers — along side T.I., LL Frigid J and Busta Rhymes — have additionally tweeted encouragements to stamp the petition for Reed.
Individually, the European Union, a delegation that promotes EU policies in the US, despatched Abbott a letter on Oct. 30 urging him to gigantic Reed clemency, as they acknowledged the evidence “casts broad doubt as to his culpability,” and the EU is against capital punishment.
Final twelve months, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to overview a ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals that refused to DNA take a look at further evidence that develop into as soon as light by investigators in Reed’s case. The Texas courtroom acknowledged in 2017 Reed’s lawyers have been intending to “unreasonably prolong” his execution.
The Innocence Mission — a non-profit staunch community additionally campaigning for the loss of life row inmate’s release — filed for clemency final week on behalf of Reed with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Reed is scheduled for loss of life on Nov. 20.
The Connected Press contributed to this document.