Rodney reed case (black texas man on deathrow ..white cops wife ends up dead)

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    Lawyers for death row inmate Rodney Reed, who has a Nov. 20 execution date, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday arguing that his rights were violated because prosecutors and state courts have repeatedly denied his requests for DNA testing of crime scene evidence.

    Reed, sentenced to death for the 1996 strangulation murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop County, has argued that DNA testing could support his claims of innocence.

    Reed's lawyers want to test evidence that was probably touched by the killer — including Stites' clothing and two pieces of the woven belt used to strangle her — to determine if modern techniques can reveal skin cells and other DNA-bearing evidence.

    Reed, sentenced to death for the 1996 strangulation murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop County, has argued that DNA testing could support his claims of innocence.

    Reed's lawyers want to test evidence that was probably touched by the killer — including Stites' clothing and two pieces of the woven belt used to strangle her — to determine if modern techniques can reveal skin cells and other DNA-bearing evidence.

    "If this case were investigated today, the murder weapon would unquestionably have been tested and could provide evidence of Mr. Reed's innocence," said defense lawyer Bryce Benjet with the Innocence Project of New York. "It simply makes no sense that the state would attempt to execute a person without conducting this basic forensic investigation."
     
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    Jimmy Fennell, an original person of interest in the 1996 murder of his fiancé Stacey Stites, is a free man again after serving a 10-year sentence for his role in the kidnapping and improper sexual activity with a person in his custody.

    Fennell was approved for parole on Feb. 23. He was released under mandatory supervision on Friday just before 1 p.m. from the Huntsville Unit.

    “Jimmy’s looking forward to resuming his life with his family in a quiet and peaceable environment having paid for the crime that he actually did commit,” said Fennell’s attorney, Robert M. Phillips.

    Debra Oliver, Stites’ sister, said, “I guess in a way, part of him died that day too, you know? His life has never been the same.”



    Fennell, 45, went to prison for raping a woman in his custody in 2007, when he was a Georgetown police officer. However, it has been Fennell’s ties to Stites, and the high-profile capital murder case involving Rodney Reed, that have kept him in the spotlight for years.

    Reed has always maintained his innocence. For years, his legal team has pointed to Fennell as Stites’ true killer.

    Stites was found dumped on the side of a rural Bastrop County road in April of 1996. She was 21. Reed was convicted of raping and strangling Stites as she made her early morning commute from Giddings to a Bastrop grocery store, according to court records. At the time of her death, Stites was days away from marrying Fennell, a rookie Giddings police officer at the time.