Rodney Reed, Texas

Update: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Rodney Reed has been given a new execution date of November 20, 2019.  The new execution date was scheduled after it was ruled that the new evidence presented did not warrant a new trial.

Update: Monday, February 23, 2015 8:44 pm EST

Rodney Reed has been granted a stay of execution by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The stay was granted in order to allow time for the consideration of new evidence, which could show Rodney's innocence. The information includes new evidence that would indicate a new, earlier time of death for the victim, evidence that shows her body was moved hours after she was murdered, and new witness testimony which supports Rodney's claim that he and the victim, Stacey Stites, were in a secret relationship. This new evidence would change the entire timeline for the murder and allow for the possibility that Stacy's fiancee committed the murder, as Rodney has always claimed.

Update: Monday, February 23, 2015 11:29 am EST

Rodney Reed's execution is scheduled to occur at 6 pm CST, on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Forty-seven-year-old Rodney is convicted of raping and murdering 20-year-old Stacey Stites on April 23, 1996, in Bastrop, Texas. Rodney has spent the last 14 years on Texas’ death row.

Rodney failed to complete his final year of high school and graduate. According to Rodney’s cousin, Rodney was working in construction prior to his arrest.

On May 11, 1996, Stacey Stites failed to report for work at her designated time. Stacey’s work called her mother, who called Stacey’s finance, Officer Jimmy Fennell, who began looking for Stacey, while her mother called the police to report her daughter missing.


The vehicle Stacey was driving was located at Bastrop High School parking lot. There was no broken glass and the driver’s side door was locked. Stacey’s body was located later that day, partially clothed, with a broken pants’ zipper and a broken belt, that matched a piece of belt found near the vehicle Stacey was driving. There were two beer cans lying across the road from Stacey’s body.


Upon investigation, police eventually determined that Rodney Reed was the prime suspect for the rape and murder of Stacey. DNA testing confirmed that Reed had slept with Stacey shortly before she was killed. The pattern around her neck matched that of her belt, which was determined to have been the murder weapon, although Reed’s DNA was not recovered from the murder weapon. A jury convicted Reed and he was sentenced to death in 1998.


Reed has always claimed his innocence, saying that he and Stacey had been having an affair and that they saw each other shortly before she was murdered. Reed points to the lack of other physical evidence as proof of his innocence. Reed has alleged that Jimmy, who was originally a suspect by police, murdered Stacey after he discovered Reed and Stacey were having an affair. Reed also alleges that police never fully investigated Jimmy as a suspect, such as searching the apartment Jimmy shared with Stacey. Additionally, the abandoned truck was never fully searched, as it was released in Jimmy’s custody before police could do so. Jimmy then sold the truck a few days later. Multiple appeals have rejected Reed’s theory. Jimmy has since been convicted and is serving time for rape.


Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Stacey Stites. Please pray for strength for the family of Rodney Reed. Please pray that if Rodney is innocent, the truth will be revealed before he is executed. Please pray that Rodney may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.



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