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"...Visiting District Judge Doug Shaver issued a blow to Rodney Reed's pursuit of a new trial on Monday when he recommended that the Court of Criminal Appeals deny Reed's most recent effort, which the state's highest criminal court had sent back to his Bastrop County's 21st District Court in May. The CCA had decided that an interview CNN conducted in April of 2016 with Bastrop County Sheriff's Deputy Curtis Davis – a longtime friend of Stacey Stites' fiancé Jimmy Fennell Jr..."
"...Like Young, Pruett was young – only 15 when he was sentenced to 99 years for playing accomplice to a murder, then 20 when sentenced to death for the murder of a Beeville prison guard. Pruett's execution took place while Rodney Reed was in Bastrop for a hearing to determine whether a recent, potentially exculpatory interview with a key witness should justify a new trial..."
"...Death Watch is in Bastrop this week to cover Rodney Reed’s most recent hearing. See austinchronicle.com/daily/news for a report on Tuesday’s proceedings...."
"...Rodney Reed’s family and supporters held a brief demonstration outside the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday after the 21st District Court adjourned for the first of a four day hearing that could potentially earn Reed a retrial. His brother Rodrick told reporters that proceedings had left them “very hopeful.”..."
"...Rodney Reed, the Bastrop man who's spent nearly 20 years on death row for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites – a crime he has steadfastly maintained he did not commit – could move one step closer to a new trial next week. On Tuesday, Oct..."
"...Rodney Reed is due in a Bastrop County court Oct. 10-14, for a hearing intended to clear up just how Jimmy Fennell Jr..."
"...Rodney Reed, the Bastrop man living for nearly two decades on death row for the murder of Stacey Stites, will get another chance to prove he’s not a murderer beginning Oct. 10..."
"...Tilon Carter received his second stay of execution on Friday, May 12, five days before his scheduled death, when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agreed to review his latest application for relief. Carter, convicted in 2006 for the capital murder of James Eldon Tomlin, argues that new evidence does not align with evidence presented at his trial, including false testimony by the Tarrant County medical examiner..."
"...The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed a Bastrop County court's decision to deny additional DNA testing to Rodney Reed. The state's highest criminal court stated in its April 12 opinion that Reed "cannot establish that exculpatory DNA results would have resulted in his acquittal and his motion is not made for the purpose of unreasonable delay."..."
"...David Hall has a new job. The former Giddings police officer and longtime friend of Jimmy Fennell Jr., whose DNA was alleged to have been found on one of the empty beer cans left near the body of Fennell's then-fiancée Stacey Stites when she was found murdered along a Bastrop road in 1988 (those who believe Rodney Reed did not kill Stites largely believe Fennell orchestrated the murder), was elected last week to serve as Precinct 1 Commissioner for Calhoun County, taking home 63% of the vote..."
"...23, at Threadgill's South – a fundraising supper for the South Austin Popular Culture Center (SouthPop), a museum, exhibition space, and archive of primarily music-related poster art from the Armadillo era forward. Festivities begin at 5pm with music by Two Guitars, Bass and Drums (Denny Freeman, John X Reed, Speedy Sparks, Rodney Craig) and a served buffet at 7:09pm..."
"...He'll be the 538th Texan executed since 1976 but only the seventh put to death this year. He'll be the first since Pablo Vasquez, killed on April 6. Supplemental copies of supplemental findings of Reed's facts..."
"...Rodney Reed's case has been sent back down to his trial court in Bastrop County for additional fact-finding regarding evidence Reed seeks to have tested for DNA. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued the order on Wednesday, June 29, giving the lower court 60 days to report back on whether or not such testing is feasible...."
"...Attorneys for death row inmate Rodney Reed have filed a supplement to the Feb. 2015 brief seeking a retrial on his death penalty case, arguing that new evidence has come their way that further indicates that Reed is not responsible for the April 1996 murder of Stacey Stites...."
"...It was, after all, just last month that the Chronicle published the latest installment of the saga of the Kellers, a couple who each spent 20 years in prison for crimes that almost certainly did not occur (see "Learning From Our Mistakes," March 11). And as Chase notes in his story about visiting Perez in prison ("On the Inside," posted online with this week's cover story), Texas' death row also currently houses Rodney Reed, a man whose guilt has been widely and compellingly questioned (see "Rape Victim Believes Rodney Reed Is Innocent," April 30, 2014)...."
"...They look at you, you look at them. Some you recognize, like Rodney Reed, there that day for CNN..."
"...I left, as well, one or two speakers after Clements – after one speaker invited his friend to the podium to talk about “APD issues with jail diversion programs.” Clements was outside with a cigarette, so I stopped to talk with him for a second. We spoke of Rodney Reed, whose case has often brought Clements to Central Texas, and then his own case, before I asked him if he might have misunderstood the purpose of the panel..."
"...In September, Travis County commissioners settled on a method for funding the re-establishment. Two months later, former Chronicle staffer Jordan Smith uncovered a database of 70 million phone calls video visitation provider Securus had recorded without permission, stripping the Dallas company of its credence. 4) Execution of Rodney Reed Delayed..."
"...The state of Texas had planned to execute Rodney Reed next Thursday, March 5, for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites, even in the face of mounting evidence that suggests the Bastrop man did not actually commit the crime. However, on Monday, Feb..."
"...The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a stay on the execution of Rodney Reed Monday afternoon, noting that it needed more time to consider newly discovered evidence that “supports [Reed’s] claim that he is actually innocent.”..."