Kim Kardashian has been lobbying for a stay of execution for Rodney Reed and expressed her delight after she was in the room as the news was broken to him
Kim Kardashian has expressed her delight at the stay of execution for death row inmate Rodney Reed, after she was with him when news came through he had been given a 120-day reprieve.
The 39-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star is a massive advocate for prison reform and she was able to meet Rodney face-to-face as time was running out before his execution.
Rodney is on death row in Texas for the murder of Stacey Stites in 1996.
TMZ has reported that police charged Rodney with raping, assaulting and strangling Stacey to death.
He has maintained his innocence over the past 20 years and has always claimed that they pair had a consensual affair.
The US media has reported recently that a former inmate has claimed that Stacey’s own fiancé had confessed to him, saying that he had killed her for ‘sleeping around’.
Kim got involved, along with a number of celebrities, to try and stop Rodney’s execution and for the crime to be investigated again.
On October 19, the reality star tweeted: “PLEASE @GovAbbott How can you execute a man when since his trial, substantial evidence that would exonerate Rodney Reed has come forward and even implicates the other person of interest. I URGE YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING.”
It would seem that she has got her wish and on Friday the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued the stay of execution, recommending a 120-day reprieve.
Expressing her delight at the decision, the mum-of-four described the day in a series of tweets.
Kim said: “Today, I had the honor of meeting #RdneyReed in person and the privilege of sitting with him when he got the news that the highest court in Texas had issued a stay of execution and remanded the case back to the trial court for further consideration.”
She continued in a second tweet: “Words cannot describe the relief and hope that swept over the room in that moment.
“That hope had been building over the last few weeks around Rodney’s case. We have seen Democrats and Republicans come together. We have seen grassroots activists and lawmakers link arms.”
Kim then added: “We have heard people all around the globe speak up. And all because of a deep belief that every man or woman accused of a crime – especially one punishable by death – deserves the chance to have all available evidence considered.”
She concluded: “So grateful for the commitment and passion of everyone who voiced their support, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles for their recommendation to issue a 120 day reprieve, and the courts for issuing a stay!”