AUSTIN, Texas - Supporters of Rodney Reed held an all-night, candlelit vigil in front of the UT tower Thursday.
The vigil, lead by the UT Student Coordinating Committee to Free Rodney Reed, started at 9:15 p.m. and will last until 7:00 Friday morning. Students are urging the court of criminal appeals to give Reed a new trial and full DNA testing that Reed's attorneys requested.
Reed was set to die by lethal injection on March 5th, but the court of criminal appeals put a stay on his execution to look into new evidence brought forth by his legal team.
Reed was convicted of the rape and murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites in 1996. He has been on death row in the Polunsky Unit in Livingston ever since.
On Thursday FOX 7 traveled there to speak with Reed.
"The truth is out there. The pathologists, they know what they're looking at, its how the judge is going to perceive all that and factor it into my innocence," said Reed.