Texas appeals court halts Rodney Reed’s execution

A Texas court halted the execution of Rodney Reed, convicted for murder, in a case that has attracted huge public attention in the US.

Reed has been 21 years on death row for a 1996 murder. He was due to die by lethal injection on 20 November.

More than 2.9m people signed an online petition urging clemency. Celebrities Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and Gigi Hadid have spoken in his support.

Reed says he is innocent. His lawyers say fresh evidence proves that.

He was convicted of the murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites, who was found strangled after failing to turn up for work

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted Reed’s scheduled execution. The decision came shortly after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended a 120-day reprieve for the inmate. The board also rejected his request to commute his sentence to life in jail.

Innocence Project, an organisation which has been working on the case, welcomed the appeals court’s ruling.

Reed, now 51, was convicted of raping and strangling 19-year-old Stacy Stites in 1996 while she made her way to work. He has long maintained that Stites was killed by her fiance, former police officer Jimmy Fennell. Reed says Fennell was angry because Stites, who was white, was having an affair with Reed, who is black.

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