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.