FreeThoughtProject reports that even the family of the victim is now coming forward in Reed's defense, saying instead that Stacey Stites' fiance, a former cop, was likely responsible for the murder. The 19-year-old victim was engaged to Officer Jimmy Fennell when she was murdered in 1996. During that time, Fennell was under various disciplinary investigations at the department, because he was stalking and harassing women while on the job. Over the years, mountains of evidence surfaced implicating Fennell as the person who killed Stacy. Fennell is presently in prison, having been convicted of rape in 2007.
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"Test every item handled and we can determined who did this crime, but for whatever reason, the State of Texas has decided they want to execute a man without finding out those answers," said Bryce Benjet, an attorney with The Innocence Project.
Stacy Stites and her survivors deserve to have the right person prosecuted and sentenced, not a convenient black man who might be innocent.
Racism lives in the USA's corrupt justice system. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals hears cases out of Texas. That court was made famous by Judge Edith Jones, who was subjected to a judicial review after numerous groups and the Government of Mexico filed an ethics complaint for her reportedly racist comments. Jones reportedly believes that denying condemned people a stay of execution forces them to repent and "save their souls."
The Campaign to End the Death Penalty (CEDP), which launched Reed's petition, is a national grassroots organization dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment. It has active chapters and members across the United States—including California, Texas, Delaware, New York, and Chicago. To win abolition, we need to build a grassroots struggle. We believe that those who have experienced the horrors of death row ﬁrst hand–death row prisoners themselves and their family members–should be at the forefront of our movement. Their experiences help to shape our strategies.