Featured Case #38
Rodney Reed was convicted for the 1996 murder of Stacy Stites. Rodney explained that he had sex with Stites, intermittently, for 4 to 5 months before her death. Reed testified he had sex with Stites during the early hours of April 22, a full day before her murder. However, Travis County Medical Examiner Dr. Roberto Bayardo testified that the recovered semen had been deposited recently, thus contradicting Reed’s testimony. In August 2012, Bayardo admitted his trial testimony was inaccurate, that he, in fact, didn’t know the age of the semen or when it was deposited in Stacey.
A judge has set Reed’s execution for 14 January, 2015.
Update 25 Nov, 2014: Death row inmate Rodney Reed’s motion to expand the scope of additional DNA testing previously agreed upon with the state was denied by visiting Judge Doug Shaver Tuesday, though the court accepted a separate motion delaying his Jan. 15 date of execution to March 5.
Detailed Article on Nov 25 hearing. Supported by Innocence Project.