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News Story  June 28, 2018
"...And Rodney Reed lost out at SCOTUS, too. The high court ruled against the death row inmate's request for additional DNA testing on untested items of evidence concerning the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites..."

Rodney Reed Returns to Court of Criminal Appeals
Bastrop Judge recommends CCA deny latest appeal
News Story  January 11, 2018, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

Death Watch: Court of Criminal Appeals Grants Stay to Clinton Young
Evidentiary hearing expected in Midland County
News Story  October 19, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...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: Next Up, the Tourniquet Killer
Convicted strangler set for execution on Oct. 18
News Story  October 12, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Death Watch is in Bastrop this week to cover Rodney Reed’s most recent hearing. See for a report on Tuesday’s proceedings...."

Rodney Reed Hearing Gets Underway
What was Jimmy Fennell doing before his fiancé's murder?
DAILY News  October 11, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...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.”..."

Death Watch: Where’s Your Evidence?
Exculpatory testimony, DNA at issue in two landmark cases
News Story  October 5, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...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 Hearing Set for October
Death row case may hinge on deposition of former sheriff's deputy
News Story  July 13, 2017, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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 Hearing Set for October
Exculpatory evidence at issue in four-day hearing
DAILY News  July 9, 2017, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

Death Watch
An update from Death Row
News Story  May 18, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...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..."

Death Watch: DNA Testing Denied for Rodney Reed
Reed and Pruett strike out. But justice for Duane Buck?
News Story  April 20, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...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."..."

That’s Commissioner David Hall Now
The longtime friend of Jimmy Fennell Jr., a key figure in the murder of Stacey Stites, just became a Calhoun County Commissioner
News Story  November 17, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

Public Notice: October Surprise?
Developers threaten to take their PUDkin and go home
News Column  October 20, 2016, by Nick Barbaro
"...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..."

Death Watch: Appeals, Waived Appeals, and Conflicting Findings
Fifth Circuit strikes down request to test death drugs
News Story  September 22, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

News Story  June 30, 2016
"...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...."

Death Watch: New Rodney Reed Filing
Death row inmate's lawyers seek retrial
News Story  June 23, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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...."

Notes on Kamp: The Only Way Is Abolition
The death penalty is too flawed to be saved
News Column  April 28, 2016, by Amy Kamp
"...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)...."

On the Inside
Louis Perez interviewed on Death Row
News Story  April 28, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...They look at you, you look at them. Some you recognize, like Rodney Reed, there that day for CNN..."

Shout Into the Wind
The Citizen Review Panel takes public testimony on David Joseph
DAILY News  March 11, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

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News Story  December 31, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

Death Watch: The Wrong Man?
Rodney Reed execution stayed
News Story  February 26, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

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