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State vs. Reed: A Question of Justice on Texas' Death Row (Full Film: Revised 2013)

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Published on Nov 20, 2013

Update: There is a lot to update - first Rodney Reed was issued a STAY of his March 5 execution date by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals! This is a major milestone, yet not the end of the road for Reed's quest for full exoneration. His/our fight must continue. You can read the story and appeal here: http://www.kvue.com/story/news/local/...
Also: New coverage of the Rodney Reed story on A&E Network at: http://www.aetv.com/dead-again/video/...

Chris Hayes at: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=...

Read the most recent appeal for Rodney Reed (which is a hell of read) here: http://rodneyreedfulltruth.com/reed_h...


Update: Rodney Reed's attorneys have filed another appeal in an attempt to stay the March 5 execution date. In appeal, they have reports from nation's top pathologists confirmed that it would be "scientifically impossible" for Reed to have committed this crime, considering the time of death and the condition of the body. The report states numerous irrefutable facts of Reeds innocence, and highlights many of the junk science tactics of the prosecutors to tie Reed to the crime. A must read, and maybe enough to finally get the courts to listen to reason. I'll attach link to the full appeal here shortly. For now, here are early reports: http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/...

Also: a new video documentary about the Rodney Reed case with updated and new information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o5Vf...

Please Follow! http://www.twitter.com/RodneyReedTruth
and/or https://www.facebook.com/RodneyReedFu...

. . . for important updates on Rodney Reed Case including new evidence, court filings and public calls for action.

Update: April, 20 2014: 5th Circuit has fully denied Rodney Reed's appeal, and the State of Texas has filed to set an execution date in November of 2014. Bastrop District Attorney Bryan Goertz has refused to sign the death warrant, leaving it to Judge Reva Towslee -- daughter of the judge who presided over Reed's original trial back in 1998. Reed's legal team have moved to have Ms. Towslee removed from being able to sign the warrant because of conflict of interest. That appeal will now be considered Texas courts. Meanwhile, additional evidence continues to surface of Reed's innocence, including additional witnesses to the Reed-Stites relationship, witnesses who observed off-duty police officers gathering the night of Stite's murder, and exposed records of key prosecution witnesses who had major criminal cases removed after testifying against Reed during his trial. Backgrounds of key police personnel and investigators are also being investigated in light of multiple recent arrests, felony charges, demotions and resignations that have exposed a long history of official corruption within Bastrop County that many believe led to this travesty of justice. Updates to come.)

(UPDATE: Rodney Reed's 5th Circuit appeal hearing will happen on Dec. 4 2013. This court is the final opportunity for relief prior to a execution date being set)

Film Synopsis: Rodney Reed was convicted of raping and killing 19 year-old Stacey Stites in May of 1998 and sentenced to death. Many observers felt Reed's conviction was a miscarriage of justice, and that the evidence points to another killer -- Stites' fiancé and Giddings, TX police officer Jimmy Fennell Jr. This documentary explores the evidence involved in the case and the context of the trial that led to Reed's death sentence.

This independently produced documentary premiered at the SXSW 2006 Film Festival in Austin, TX and has since played extensively throughout the U.S. at festivals and universities.

FACT UPDATE: In 2008, Officer Fennell pled guilty to kidnapping and improper sexual activity with a person in custody and sentenced to 10 years in Jail. In 2012, former Travis County Medical Examiner Roberto Bayardo made dramatic 'clarifications' of his original testimony, including proffering that there was no evidence that Reed's semen found on the victim "was placed there in any other fashion other than consensually". In Fall 2012, Reed's Federal Appeal was denied. In November 2013, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the final point of relief prior to setting an execution date, agreed to hear oral arguments from Reed's defense. The hearing is set for Dec. 4, 2013.

Directors/Producers: Ryan Polomski and Frank Bustoz

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