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Attorneys for Rodney Reed hope DNA tests will prove innocence
An execution date is set for a man many believe is innocent of killing a Bastrop County woman in 1996.
A judge has set Rodney Reed's execution date for January 14th. Reed was convicted in the brutal rape and murder of Stacy Stites; a woman he claims he was having a consensual sexual relationship with at the time. His attorney Bryce Benjet with the Innocence Project says the state has agreed to DNA testing on the rape kit and hairs found on Stites body, but he also wants tested the items handled by the perpetrator of the crime, "The belt that was used to strangle the victim, the clothing of the victim that was handled with sufficient force to be torn as well as a number of items that were clearly placed either on the body by the victim or rifled through."
Benjet says had the Michael Morton Act been on the lawbooks in 1996, all of the items would have been tested. He's hoping the judge will agree.