Texas GOP congressman calls on governor to postpone execution of Rodney Reed

Texas GOP congressman calls on governor to postpone execution of Rodney Reed
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Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulTop Indian official canceled congressional meeting over inclusion of Jayapal: report Republican group asks 'what is Trump hiding' in Times Square billboard Conservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' MORE (R-Texas), in a letter Wednesday, called on Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to postpone the planned execution of Rodney Reed for a 1996 murder until potentially exculpatory evidence can be reviewed.

Reed has been on death row in Texas since 1998 after his conviction for the rape and murder of Stacey Stites. Although Reed’s DNA was found in Stites’s body, Reed has claimed they were having a consensual affair.

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In an application for clemency, Reed’s attorneys wrote that new evidence has “contradicted and, in all key respects, affirmatively disproven, every aspect of the State’s expert-based case against Mr. Reed” and implicates Stites’s fiancé.

“As the member of Congress representing the Bastrop community where this crime took place, I have heard from many of my constituents about evidentiary gaps in Mr. Reed’s case,” McCaul wrote. “In reviewing the case, and the press reporting around these evidentiary gaps, new witness statements and forensic evidence could potentially change the outcome of the case.”

“A death sentence is final, and given the doubt surrounding his innocence at this time, I believe our state cannot execute Mr. Reed in good conscience without fully reviewing all evidence,” McCaul added.

McCaul is the second Texas Republican to call for a review of the evidence in Reed’s case this week. Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump, Democrats risk unintended consequences with impeachment arguments Impeachment trial to enter new phase with Trump defense Jordan says he thinks trial will be over by next week MORE on Monday said there have been “meaningful and serious questions raised, calling into question his guilt or his innocence.”

“If there's a real question of innocence, the system needs to stop and look at the evidence because an innocent man should be set free," Cruz added.