The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a ruling on Friday blocking the execution of Rodney Reed just days before he was set to die. The case has generated intense interest in recent weeks, with high-profile celebrities and lawmakers from both parties calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to spare Mr. Reed after new evidence surfaced casting doubt on his guilt.

The ruling came just hours after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles had also recommended a stay. The execution of Mr. Reed, 51, had been scheduled for Wednesday. He was convicted of the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, Texas.

Texas lawmakers including Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican, and celebrities including Rihanna, Kim Kardashian West and Meek Mill had taken up Mr. Reed’s cause in recent weeks. Texas executes far more people than any other state, including eight this year.

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  1. Sandra Massie Hines November 18, 2019 9:20 am  Reply

    It’s no secret. Texas continues is biased convictions stemmed.from slavery and Jim crow were. This man’s case should have had media legislative governing bodies everyone up in airs the first time they found out that he was not guilty of this crime. it’s a shame how blacks and minorities are hated and railroaded still to this day, from accusations by familiar generations of racist in Texas. Evil and evil doers are not hidden.

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