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Kim Kardashian West asks Gov. Abbott to intervene in scheduled execution of Rodney Reed

Kardashian West has been outspoken about criminal justice before.

With just weeks until his execution date, Kim Kardashian West has joined the fight to save Death Row inmate Rodney Reed.

Kardashian West tweeted at Gov. Greg Abbott early Saturday morning, pleading for Reed.

Kardashian West said she had finished watching the film "Just Mercy" – based on the true story of Walter McMillian, who successfully appealed his wrongful murder conviction in the early '90s – when she opened her email about Reed's case, which she "had recently been investigating." 

She said she had been hearing about Reed and his story for the last week and that she believes he is innocent.

She then addressed Gov. Abbott, saying, "How can you execute a man when since his trial, substantial evidence that would exonerate Rodney Reed has come forward and even implicated the other person of interest. I URGE YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING."

Reed's family said the support from someone with a voice eases their pain a little bit. 

"The more people that know about that, the more people that hear about that, will stand up and hopefully we'll all together ban and stop it – get justice not only for Rodney, but for Stacey Stites as well," said Roderick Reed, Rodney Reed's brother.

"I can't imagine Governor Abbot or Attorney General Paxton wanting or standing by while they take an innocent person's life," said Sandra Reed, Rodney Reed's mother.

Reed's family said it's not over until he's out free.

"We have proved his innocence. They have not proven his guilt," said Sandra Reed. 


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Kardashian West then retweeted a series of articles about Reed's case and tweets proclaiming his innocence.

Kardashian West has been outspoken on criminal justice before. In 2018, she pled for President Donald Trump to grant clemency for a woman serving a life sentence for drug offenses. President Trump granted that clemency to Alice Marie Johnson.


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Reed is convicted of the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites. He has maintained his innocence as his lawyers appeal his case.

Reed's defense claims that in the 20 years since his trial, there has been extensive evidence that both exonerates Reed and implicates Stites' fiancé, Jimmy Fennel. The defense said new witnesses have since come forward, including Stites' cousin and one of Stites' coworkers, who allegedly were aware of a romantic involvement between Reed and Stites. 

Theories about the Reed case were the subject of a recent "Dr. Phil" special, where the TV host sat down for a jailhouse interview with Reed. KVUE is also currently working on a podcast focused on Reed's case, "Texas Crime Files: Rodney Reed," which is set to be released on Nov. 1.

As Reed's execution day approaches, his family has been rallying at the Texas Capitol in protest.

Reed's mother, Sandra, is expected to speak at the 20th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty at the Texas Capitol on Saturday afternoon.

Reed is set to be executed on Nov. 20.

WATCH: KVUE REWIND: Rodney Reed case: Families react after murder verdict (1996)


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