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Texas court stops Rodney Reed’s execution
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Posted By: StormCnter, 11/16/2019 8:40:02 AM

Texas' highest criminal court halted Rodney Reed's execution Friday afternoon, sending the now-famous case back to the trial court to further review several claims — biggest of all that he is innocent of the murder that landed him on death row more than 20 years ago. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals' ruling came hours after the state's parole board separately recommended Gov. Greg Abbott delay Reed's Wednesday execution by 120 days. The court's ruling effectively preempts any gubernatorial involvement since it takes Reed's execution off the calendar and starts a new legal process. Reed's case has gained an enormous amount of attention — with dozens of state and federal lawmakers

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Some of you may have read Reed's story earlier this week from Texas Monthly.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: stablemoney 11/16/2019 9:05:17 AM (No. 236555)
I looked at it. I don't believe he is innocent. The jury obviously didn't believe him either.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 11/16/2019 9:27:48 AM (No. 236577)
I don't know the facts. Hard for me to judge someone while sitting in the comfort of my home office with morning coffee. I wouldn't want to be in the Texas Governor's shoes on this one.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly 11/16/2019 9:30:51 AM (No. 236582)
Sentenced more than 20 years ago. 20 YEARS. There's not a convict in prison who is guilty. Just ask them.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: MrDeplorable 11/16/2019 9:32:26 AM (No. 236583)
The classic Criminal Triad for conviction is Motive, Means and Opportunity. Reed had no credible motive but the victim’s policeman fiancé had all three, especially Motive, as he had vowed to kill her if she did cheat on him and even allegedly bragged that he had in fact done so.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Californian 11/16/2019 10:11:43 AM (No. 236617)
I'm not going to play arm chair judge based on some journalist's take on "the story". We have a justice system. Before the unlimited power of the State is used to end a man's life in the name of We the People, I want to know every avenue of possible innocence has been explored through our justice system. I am not opposed to the death penalty but we should err on the side of caution and make sure we are absolutely certain before We the People kill a man. Life in prison is ok by me if we can't reach that level of certainty. Executing an innocent man on my behalf as a citizen is absolutely not ever ok.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Lonestar Jack 11/16/2019 10:28:09 AM (No. 236634)
Lots of difference between Obama's pentagon jokers and civil courts. I am still peeved at Major Nadal Hassan getting only life after killing 13 and wounding 33 at Ft. Hood, not mention Army deserter Bergdhal (responsible for 6 comrades deaths) Rose Garden parents ceremony etc.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: VELOX 11/16/2019 11:35:49 AM (No. 236696)
The deduction that he has to be guilty because white women did not have sex with black men is ridiculous. White Women have been having sex with black men for hundreds of years. I know of a beautiful blonde white girl that was having sex with a black man in the south in the sixties. In fact I saw several white women with black men back then and that was in the south. It was not done openly but on the quiet. If you take that away from the case, how does the evidence stack up? I don’t know and if just the article used no readers nan possibly know either.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rumblehog 11/16/2019 12:56:50 PM (No. 236764)
He should have been executed for ANY of the rapes he committed, not just the one resulting in a death. Same thing with Fennel. Actors have NO business getting into activism on State matters. None. Stay away from Texas b@stards.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: earlybird 11/16/2019 2:03:04 PM (No. 236806)
Miscellaneous bits from the article: White (white) Stites and (white) Fennell were apparently in a relationship. Jimmy Fennell is described as having been her “fiance”. They lived together. He last saw her at their home, but there is no witness to that other than him. They found Reed's sperm in her body; however medical experts have said it could have been there for several days. No one can prove when it was deposited there. Reed contends they were having “a consensual affair”. Both Reed and Fennell have been accused of multiple sexual assaults. Reed was indicted, but never convicted, in several other rape cases. Fennell spent 10 years in prison after he kidnapped and allegedly raped a woman while on duty as a police officer in 2007. Here is an article about former police sergeant Fennell’s guilty plea to kidnapping and sexual assault: https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2008-09-26/jimmy-fennell-pleads-guilty-to-kidnapping-sexual-misconduct/ If she was in fact involved with both men, she sounds like trouble.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: watashiyo 11/16/2019 8:12:32 PM (No. 237053)
It's all about the choice that was made in the midst of passion. Consequences will surely follow, good or bad. The three players, in this case, all ended in a life-altering tragedy. Btw, there was no consensual sex because she couldn't be there to confirm it.
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