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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stays execution of Rodney Reed

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Posted at 4:42 PM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 17:51:05-05

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed the execution of Rodney Reed.

In May 1998, a jury convicted Reed of capital murder, and Reed was subsequently sentenced to death.

Reed's legal team filed several applications for a writ of habeas corpus in the convicting court. All of those applications were denied.

On November 11, 2019, his legal team filed another application claiming the State suppressed exculpatory evidence, the State presented false testimony, Reed's trial counsel were ineffective, and that Reed is actually innocent.

After reviewing the application, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals found that the claim of suppression, false testimony and actual innocence satisfy court requirements.

The court has remanded the claims to the trial court for further development and stayed Reed's execution.