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Rodney Reed: His fight for a new trial and why prosecutors say he's guilty

More than 20 years have passed since Stacey Stites' body was found in a wooded area in Bastrop, Texas. Did Rodney Reed kill her?

Kris Betts

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Published: 1:13 PM CST November 14, 2019
Updated: 5:13 PM CST November 15, 2019

Editor's note: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered a stay of Reed's execution on Nov. 15. Click here to see what that means.

KVUE is recirculating this article ahead of ABC's '20/20' Event Special on the Rodney Reed case. It airs Friday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. 

Since his conviction in 1998 for the rape and murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites, Rodney Reed has maintained his innocence. 

But after nine failed appeals, Reed is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Nov. 20.

Now his lawyers and family are trying to save Reed in the court of public opinion after every attempt in the court of law has failed.

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