WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court docket on Monday agreed to listen to an enchantment from Texas dying row inmate Rodney Reed, who claims untested crime-scene proof will assist clear him.
Reed was sentenced to dying for the 1996 killing of 19-year-old Stacey Stites. Prosecutors say Reed raped and strangled Stites as she made her option to work at a grocery store in Bastrop, a rural group about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Austin.
Reed has lengthy maintained that her fiance, former police officer Jimmy Fennell, was the actual killer. Reed says Fennell was offended as a result of Stites, who was white, was having an affair with Reed, who’s Black. Fennell, who served time for sexual assault and was launched from jail in 2018, has denied killing Stites.
The justices will take up the case within the fall. The problem is whether or not Reed waited too lengthy to ask for DNA testing of things recovered from and close to Stiles’ physique, clothes and gadgets present in or close to Fennell’s truck.
The fifth U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals dominated in opposition to Reed.
His supporters have included Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Oprah Winfrey, in addition to lawmakers from each events.