Court of Appeals to begin its review of Rodney Reed case

The Court of Criminal Appeals will begin reviewing the Rodney Reed case Wednesday to determine whether DNA evidence should be re-tested in the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites.

Reed was set for execution on March 5th, but the court of criminal appeals issued a stay after Reed's attorneys filed a petition citing new evidence.

His attorneys also requested that DNA evidence be re-tested and other items tested for the first time including the murder weapon.

A trial court denied that request last year.

The Court of Criminal Appeals could reverse that trial court ruling and order that the testing take place.

Reed's attorneys expect to hear a ruling by the end of April.