Court sends Rodney Reed case back to Bastrop to weigh claims about false testimony

AUSTIN - The Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas has sent death row inmate Rodney Reed's case back to a Bastrop court to weigh his claims of false testimony Wednesday, according to court documents.

Reed was convicted of rape and murder in May 1998 and sentenced to death. He was 10 days from being executed in February 2015 when the appeals court issued a stay of execution.

The ruling said the court has rejected a 2015 claim by Reed that newly discovered evidence supported his innocence. But the court has agreed with Reed's other claim that prosecutors failed to disclose the newly discovered evidence supporting his innocence and that the evidence shows the state presented false and misleading testimony, violating his right to due process.

 

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