Local Attorney Recounts Rodney Reed Case

A local attorney’s recounting a case he fought for a death row inmate, granted a stay of execution on Monday, just ten days before his lethal injection.

In 1991, a Wichita County jury acquitted Rodney Reed of beating and brutally raping a Hirschi High School classmate in 1987.

The woman claimed Reed broke into her home through a window, hit her several times with a rolling pin, breaking bones in her ear, and then raped her.

Wichita Falls Attorney, Bob Estrada represented Reed in that case.

He says there was clear evidence that showed his client’s innocence.

“One of the key points was that she had claimed that he had broken into her place through a window over the kitchen sink. Most of the glass from the broken window was on the outside instead of the inside,” Estrada said.

In 1998, Reed was convicted of murdering Stacey Stites in Bastrop two years earlier.

And, during the punishment phase of that capital murder trial, the alleged victim from the Wichita Falls case several years ealier, testified along with several other women that he’d raped them.

Reed’s attorneys say new evidence proves Stites was killed hours before prosecutors claim the murder happened, and that her fiance, former police officer, Jimmy Fennel was the only person with her at the time.

Fennel’s now serving a prison sentence for the brutal rape of a woman while on duty and in uniform.

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