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A growing number of Republicans are demanding that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott call off the execution of Rodney Reed amid new evidence that casts doubt on his conviction.
A public campaign to spare Reed’s life now counts celebrities such as Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and Oprah Winfrey, as well as the European Union’s ambassador to the US.
Reed, now 51, was convicted of raping and strangling 19-year-old Stacy Stites while she made her way to work at a supermarket in Bastrop, a rural community about 30 miles southeast of Austin.
Reed has long maintained that Stites was killed by her fiance, former police officer Jimmy Fennell.
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his five years as Texas’ governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man’s life, after a victims’ family asked him to do so.
But Abbott — who has proudly referred to the death penalty as “Texas justice” — has never confronted such intense pressure to halt a lethal injection like he is facing in the case of Rodney Reed, who is set to die this month for a 1996 killing despite new evidence that even a growing number of Republican legislators say raises serious questions about his guilt.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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