Texas Matters: Rodney Reed, The Death Penalty And Texas
Rodney Reed is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, Nov. 20. This Texas death row case is attracting a lot of attention from celebrities and lawmakers from both parties. They are calling for a halt to the execution to test DNA and other evidence that could possibly exonerate Reed.
Reed was convicted of the 1996 rape and murder 19-year-old Stacey Stikes in Bastrop County.
As this case gains national attention – it’s also casting a light on the legal process in Texas that provides for a death penalty – and the appeal process that many have pointed out is flawed.
Maurice Chammah is a staff writer at The Marshall Project. He is writing a book titled, Let the Lord Sort Them: Texas and the Death Penalty’s Rise and Fall in America. It’s due out in 2021.