Bastrop, Texas — Death row prisoner Rodney Reed and a Texas lawyer will begin final discussions at Reed’s preliminary hearing on Monday.
The hearing began in July in Bastrop, Texas. Reed is seeking a new trial in connection with the murder of 19-year-old Stacy Stites in 1996. The state defends Reed’s original conviction.
Reed was convicted of her murder in 1998 and sentenced to death after DNA matching Reed was found in her body.
A few days before Reed’s scheduled execution in 2019, the prosecution withheld evidence and defenders alleged that he presented false evidence in the first trial, resulting in an indefinite execution and a new preliminary hearing. Was recognized.
Reed’s lawyer has long argued that Reed was innocent, that he and Stites had an agreed relationship, and that Stites’ fiancé Jimmy Fennell Jr. was pointed out as the murderer.
The hearing is the first time his legal team has been able to introduce new testimony and evidence into his defense record, while the state claims to uphold the original conviction. Insisted on a trial.
The preliminary hearing lasted nine days in the Bastrop court, where nearly 50 witnesses ran.
Rodrick Reed, brother of Rodney Reed, said:
Following closing arguments, the judge has time to review all evidence and testimony before the Criminal Appeals Court issues his recommendation as to whether Reed should be granted a new trial.
The state also called in its own witnesses to defend the initial investigation and conviction. They included the former investigator in the case, Fennell himself, and Stites’ sister.
“There was no reason Rodney Reed had any kind of DNA in my sister. There was no evidence of a relationship. Still, 100% that Rodney Reed raped and killed my sister. I believe, “said Debra Oliver of Stacey Stites. sister.
Two professional forensic pathologists were important witnesses to the defense.
After reviewing reports, videos, and photographs from crime scenes and autopsies, they believed that Stites died hours earlier than the state claimed and testified that she had died with Fennell.
Jane Poocher, a lawyer for the Innocence Project and a member of Rodney Reed’s legal team, said:
The state presented its own experts who opposed the report of the former coroner. It also brought witnesses who testified about other accusations against Reed.
One woman said she was raped in 1995 and that the rape kit DNA eventually matched the lead DNA.
Another woman said she had escaped when a man kidnapped her and tried to assault her six months after Stites’s murder. She identified Reed as the perpetrator in the photo lineup.
Defenders said Reed had never been convicted of these crimes and opposed the inclusion of their testimony.
Closing argument begins with Rodney Reed’s hearing
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