News 11.15.19

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles Unanimously Votes for 120-Day Reprieve of Rodney Reed’s Execution

By Innocence Staff

Rodney Reed in Allan B. Polunsky Unit, West Livingston, Texas in 2015. Photo courtesy of Massoud Hayoun/ Al Jazeera. 

Today, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously voted in favor of a 120-day reprieve of Rodney Reed’s execution. Now, the decision lies with Governor Greg Abbott as to whether to adopt their recommendation before Mr. Reed’s scheduled execution on Wednesday, November 20.

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The following statement can be attributed to Bryce Benjet, Mr. Reed’s Innocence Project attorney:

We are thankful that the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles have unanimously voted for a 120-day reprieve of Mr. Reed’s execution. This time is critical to allow for proper consideration of the powerful new evidence of his innocence and possible DNA testing that could help prove who actually committed the crime. We hope that Governor Abbott will consider all of the facts in this case, and adopt the Board’s recommendation as soon as possible.

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