Reed family awaiting case's return to Bastrop

Relatives of man on death row are trying to stay hopeful as his case heads back to Bastrop County.

Relatives of man on death row are trying to stay hopeful as his case heads back to Bastrop County.

Relatives of Rodney Reed met outside the Bastrop County Courthouse Saturday to fight for his freedom.

Reed is accused of killing 19-year-old Stacey Stites in 1996.

Last month, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals sent Reed's case back to Bastrop County, agreeing that prosecutors failed to disclose newly-discovered evidence supporting his innocence.

The evidence suggests Stites' time of death is incorrect.

But family members say they're still skeptical about the case going back to Bastrop. 

"We've been fighting this battle for over 20 years," said his brother, Rodrick Reed. "The same people that put him behind bars and trying to take his life here in Bastrop are going to have another chance to do whatever they want to do."

The trial court in Bastrop County has until next month to consider that claim.

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