NEW ORLEANS -- A man on death row for a Bastrop County woman's murder has been denied an appeal by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Rodney Reed was sentenced to death for sexually assaulting and killing 19-year-old Stacey Stites in Bastrop County in 1996.
The Court of Appeals granted Reed an oral argument back in December. He spoke to a judge for 30 minutes to try and get a new trial. He has been denied six appeals so far.
Reed says he and Stites were having an affair, which is why DNA evidence linked him to her murder. But he claims his innocence, saying Stite's fiancé, former Giddings police officer Jimmy Fennell, killed her when he found out.
Fennell is currently in prison. He pleaded guilty to the 2007 kidnapping and sexual assault of a woman in his custody while he was a Georgetown police officer.
On Monday the Court of Appeals rejected the arguments, saying they weren't credible.