AUSTIN, Texas - As Rodney Reed's execution date draws nearer, more voices are being raised in his defense.
Reed was sentenced to death for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites, who was strangled and left on a Bastrop County road. DNA recovered from her body matched Reed, whose attorneys claim was having a secret affair with Stites, explaining the DNA match.
Reed's case has drawn the support of celebrities such as Kim Kardashian West, actress/activist Alyssa Milano, singers Rihanna, Meek Mill, Beyoncé and presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris. Sixteen state senators have also rallied behind Reed. 8 republican and 8 democratic Texas representatives sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott and the chair of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, asking them to grant a reprieve for Rodney Reed.
In 2015, FOX 7 Austin sat down to interview Reed. You can watch the full thirty-minute interview below as Reed talks about the trial, his family, and the emotions he has faced since being sentenced to death.
Reed is set to be executed on November 20.