AUSTIN, Texas - A message to Texas Governor Greg Abbott urging him to stop Rodney Reed's execution was spray painted on the side of the FOX 7 Austin building on Thursday.
It's not exactly clear when the message was put up but Good Day Austin anchor Leslie Rangel noticed the spray painted message around 3:30 a.m.
The message in all caps is "Greg Abbot (sic) can but won't stop the murder of Rodney Reed."
Reed is on death row for the 1996 killing of Stacey Stites in Bastrop. He has always maintained his innoncence.
The case has received extra attention as of late as Reed's execution date, November 20, draws closer.
Rodney Reed's legal team released the following statement to FOX 7 Austin:
The irrefutable evidence of Mr. Reed’s innocence has compelled millions all over the world to rally to his cause. Not only celebrities and the well-connected, but average everyday Texans and Americans. Mr. Reed is eternally grateful that they have and hopes they will continue in the peaceful fight to right this tragic wrong. He does not condone vandalism, however, and would like to express his deep regret to Fox 7 News for the actions of one apparent supporter in speaking out against his execution.
Instead of a spray can, he urges those interested to pick up a telephone to call your legislators and leaders, or a pen and paper to write the Governor and Board of Pardons and Paroles, or to engage in other constructive and peaceful actions to bring attention to his innocence.
May God see that justice is done.