Reality star turned prison reform advocate Kim Kardashian was with Rodney Reed when he found out his scheduled execution would be delayed.
She shared the news on Instagram, writing: "Today, I had the honor of meeting #RodneyReed in person and the privilege of sitting with him when he got the news that the highest court in Texas had issued a stay of execution and remanded the case back to the trial court for further consideration. Words cannot describe the relief and hope that swept over the room in that moment."
Reed was scheduled to be executed November 20th for the 1996 rape and strangling of Stacey Stiles. She was 19. His attorneys, who work with the Innocence Project, which Kardashian is also affiliated with, say they have evidence that will exonerate him and implicate the man who Stiles was engaged to. The man, Jimmy Fennell, was a police officer.
On Friday, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended that Governor Greg Abbott grant a 120-day reprieve. The case will go back to a state judge in Bastrop County. Reed’s case has drawn the attention of celebrities, lawmakers and religious leaders alike, garnering more than 2.8 million signatures on a petition to stay the execution.