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In April of 1996, 19 year old resident of Giddings Texas, Stacey Stites was found murdered. The first suspect in the case was Stacey Sites, fiancee Jimmy Fennell. Fennell was a cop who had a history of violence against women. After the murder of Stites, Fennell was sentenced to prison for 10 years after he kidnapped a woman and sexually assaulted her while on the job. One year later, cops arrested a 29 year old black man, Rodney Reed. He was charged with capital murder, DNA evidence matching Rodney’s DNA to a small amount of sperm found inside her body was cited. This was argued by several prosecutors that this was enough evidence to prove that Reed was responsible for her murder.
However, Reed remains innocent. He was in a consensual relationship with Stites at the time, and there is no other evidence leading up to the murder. The DNA still ended up persuading the all white jury, and he was sentenced to death by lethal injection.
While there were signed affidavits from witnesses claiming that Jimmy Fennell threatened to kill Stacey Stites before, and that he has subsequently confessed to the crime, Reed still remains in prison. There are multiple pieces of evidence leading to Reed’s innocence, and pointing towards Fennell.
First of all, Fennell was the first prime suspect. When he was interrogated, his friend fellow police officer admitted that Fennell gave him inconsistent accounts of his whereabouts at the time of Stacey’s murder.
Second, his apartment was never actually searched when he was the prime suspect.
Witnesses believe that he knew about her affair with Reed and threatened to kill her because of it. At her funeral, he made it clear multiple times that “she got what she deserved.”
He was also incarcerated for violent sexual assault. In prison, witnesses came forward claiming that bragged about how he “had to kill his n***a loving fiancee.”
All the evidence that was pointing towards Fennell was still ignored. Three experts testified in court that the time of the death is actually inaccurate, making the entire case questionable. The courts ignored those statements. Along with that, renowned forensic pathologists have all concluded that Reed’s guilt is medically and scientifically impossible. Again that evidence was ignored. The
Reed’s execution date was scheduled for November 20th, 2019 but was granted an indefinite stay of execution, meaning the court ordered to temporarily suspend the execution. His case is now being re-evaluated.