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Help us get the FBI to look into the public corruption that has played a major role in Rodney’s case!

To submit a tip to the FBI:
https://tips.fbi.gov/
(512) 345-1111

We believe making headway with the FBI will be very helpful to Rodney’s situation! My father, Walter Reed, had actually reached out to the FBI about Rodney’s case over 20 years ago when all this started, but not much happened as a result of his efforts.

According to the FBI’s website, public corruption is its top criminal investigative priority. One area that the Bureau’s Public Corruption program focuses on is investigating violations of federal law by public officials at the federal, state, and local levels of government.

We’re asking you to contact the FBI’s Austin satellite office to express your concerns about the corruption in the City of Bastrop, the Texas Attorney General’s office with Lisa Tanner and Matt Ottoway, the City of Giddings, the Giddings Police Department, the Giddings Sheriff Department, the Bastrop Police Department, the Bastrop Sheriff Department, and Bastrop County including the District Attorney’s Office. We need them to investigate the corruption that has been happening within all these entities. Here is the phone number: (512) 345-1111

Also, provide any information you have about David Board, David Hall, Nathan Lapham, Richard Hernandez, Ed Salmela, Curtis Davis, Rocky Wardlow, Charles Pennick, Bryan Goertz, and others in official roles in the Giddings and Bastrop areas. Give specific information, and if you have supporting documents, please submit them with your allegation/s as the FBI does require actual evidence of corruption. We are providing them with the information found within this link: https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/to-bastrop-county-district-attorney-bryan-goertz/ We’re also including the fact that the judge who did the hearing, Judge Reva Towslee-Corbet, did not recuse herself when her father, Judge Harold Towslee, was the original trial judge, so the FBI can look deeper into that.

If you choose to call the FBI, be aware that their wait times are long. We do ask you to be patient as talking to an actual human being does make an impact! Definitely also submit a tip online here either before or after speaking with the FBI representative: https://tips.fbi.gov/ You can choose to remain anonymous. Screenshot your message for your records!

We appreciate our sister in Jesus Christ, Natasha Thomas, for having shared her powerful message about how God had put it strongly on her heart to let our family know that we need to reach out to the FBI and let the FBI know about EVERYTHING regarding Rodney’s case from beginning to end. We, the Reed family, believe in God and know that His Hands are in this and that God has been working through people so we can bring Rodney home alive. We thank everybody who has been taking action along with their prayers. Prayers followed up with action are what is going to make all the difference in bringing Rodney home alive.

Really read #Psalm64 when you get the chance and pray!#RODNEYREEDISINNOCENT !#FREERODNEYREED !#BRINGRODNEYHOME !
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Greg Abbott
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Join us at the Rally to Reveal the Truth for Rodney Reed at Governor Abbott’s

Picture of 2015 Rally at Governor's Mansion

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/433495927248523/

Our beloved Rodney Reed’s scheduled November 20, 2019 execution date is quickly approaching. We all need to do everything in our power to keep the fight going until this execution date is dropped and Rodney is freed!

We worked to keep the momentum going with our weeklong protest outside of Bastrop County District Attorney Bryan Goertz’s office everyday last week. However, we must make sure that our voices continue to be heard!

We are now taking our fight to Governor Abbott, while continuing to put the pressure on Goertz! One very powerful action to accomplish this is taking our fight to the streets!

Let’s remind Governor Abbott that:

1. Rodney Reed is innocent,
2. all the evidence in this case implicates Jimmy Fennell as Ms. Stacey Stites’s actual murderer and that he had help from his friends,
3. that all of the State’s witnesses including Dr. Roberto Bayardo recanted their testimonies stating that they were wrong and misinterpreted. These incorrect testimonies were the only things that Rodney’s conviction rested on. This means there is no case against Rodney!
https://www.innocenceproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Reed_Exhibits-to-Supp-11.073-Writ_6-26-18.pdf (read pages 10-13)
4. And that several members of Ms. Stacey Stites’s family believe that Jimmy Fennel got away with murdering her. They even wrote both Abbott and Goertz a letter stating all of this before Rodney’s March 5, 2015 execution date: https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/seeking-justice-for-stacey-stites-a-letter-from-members-of-her-family/

Let’s show Governor Abbott that we are many! We want a street full of people carrying signs and banners for Rodney to show Governor Abbott that the truth has not changed. Science does not lie! The DNA that is on the belt that was used to strangled Ms. Stites to death and that was on the crime scene evidence need to be tested so we can show the world who actually murdered Ms. Stacey Stites, hold them and ALL those who participated in Rodney’s framing accountable, and bring Rodney home alive to the family!!

Please wear any shirt with Rodney’s name on it to the rally! We would still love to have you there even if you don’t have one. We need as many people as possible to show up for Rodney! We will also have sign-making supplies at this rally!

We will gather at the section of the Capitol that faces the Governor’s mansion for high visibility! We will also march! For people with mobility concerns regarding the march- no worries! We would appreciate you holding down the fort at our starting point at the Capitol.

FOR EVERYONE, WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE ATTENDING THE RALLY:
Social media is critical for raising awareness about Rodney and holding our representatives accountable publicly. Let’s use it to get Governor Abbott’s attention in a very public way.

Governor Abbott is very active on Twitter
Abbott’s Personal Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/GregAbbott_TX
Official news from Abbott’s Office: https://twitter.com/govabbott

We will be posting our daily Governor Abbott Twitterstorm action item soon.

In the meantime, please retweet with comment the following tweets to Governor Abbott multiple times for the duration of our rally from 7:45am to 12:00pm on Friday, August 2nd:

Tweets about Rodney from the Innocence Project out of New York
https://twitter.com/innocence/status/1154818670314627072
https://twitter.com/innocence/status/1151202304797945858
https://twitter.com/innocence/status/1151133157032251393

Tweets about Rodney from Sister Helen Prejean
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1155935548252364800
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1155918601276153856
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1153721175463227398
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1151190171091472384
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1151187080212385792

Also, feel free to tweet Governor Abbott with your own comments. You can also mention us! Our handle is @BringRodneyHome .

You can also call Governor Abbott and his office: (512) 463-1782
or send him a message online: https://gov.texas.gov/apps/contact/opinion.aspx
Screenshot your message to keep a record of it!

In Rodney’s legal fight, we are not at the point where a clemency application has been filed. However, Governor Abbott still needs to hear our voices before that time comes especially since we have such little time and it will time before you know it when he does have the power to stop this execution date! We’re asking you to please come out to our rally this Friday from 7:45am to 12:00pm as we plead with Governor Abbott to drop the execution date and free our Rodney Reed!

Read #Psalm64
#RodneyReedISINNOCENT !
#FREERODNEYREED !
#TESTTHEDNA for #RodneyReed !
#GRANTRODNEYREEDANEWTRIAL !

For more details about Rodney’s case visit: https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/to-bastrop-county-district-attorney-bryan-goertz/

Starvin’ For Justice Fast and Vigil

Starvin’ For Justice Fast and Vigil

We will not stop fighting until Rodney  is home! We’re taking this fight to get Rodney the new, fair trial he deserves to the Capitol- to our nation’s Capitol, that is! We’re going to yell it loud from Capitol Hill! “Rodney Reed deserves a new trial- Bastrop County District Attorney Bryan Goertz: we’re urging you- do everything in your power to ensure he is granted one!”

Several family members are travelling to Washington D.C. to participate in the Abolitionist Action Committee’s 26th annual Starvin’ For Justice  fast and vigil.

From June 28 to July 2, death penalty abolitionists from around the country including our family will gather at the steps of the Supreme Court to call for an end to capital punishment in the United States. Tens of thousands of locals and tourists, from all over the U.S. and throughout the world, will pass by the vigil and table. This will present an opportunity to dialogue with a vast audience at a real grassroots level which will be invaluable to the death penalty abolition movement and to achieving our goal of freeing Rodney, ensuring he is granted a new trial to prove his innocence, and exonerating him.

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Help Remove this Knife From the Reed Family

Someone once asked me, “What does it feel like to have your brother on death row for a crime he didn’t commit?” To have all this evidence out there. Everybody seeing it. **His case being on *A&E, CNN, the Discovery Channel (ID), MSNBC, detailed in Framed: How an Innocent Man ended up on Texas Death Row, and the award-winning documentary State Vs. Reed, etc. On ALL these different major media outlets. Probably the most talked about death row case in the state of Texas, yet he’s still there on death row. “How does that feel?”

The only way I could try to make them understand what it truly felt like- the only analogy I could come up with- was to have them imagine:

You’re walking along one day. Everything in your life is going pretty well. And then- out of the blue- somebody just jumps out and stabs you. And they stab you deep. And for no valid reason at all. And they put that knife in you in such a way that you can’t remove it yourself and they leave it there. The embedded knife doesn’t kill you, but it causes you pain- such deep agonizing pain. You can still move. You can still breathe. You can still do all your activities of daily living, but not like you used to. Every move you make, you feel it. Every time you’re awake, you see it. You’re never able to feel comfortable because that knife is stuck so deep in you.

Now, YOU imagine: having that knife deeply embedded within you and living with that pain everyday 24/7 for 22 years. And you yourself can do nothing about it. Imagine that nightmare.

You hope and you pray for the day that you can be free of that knife. The day that you can start to feel whole. The day that you can start to heal. The day that you can start to truly love. But you know you can experience none of those things while you have this wound in you that cannot heal. With this blade poking at you. Poking in you. Poking through you. Every day. 24 hours of the day.

Some people in your life have been there with you since the beginning- hoping, praying, screaming, yelling, fighting, crying alongside you- helping you try to get the attention of someone with the power to get this knife out of you. Some people in your life don’t do much at all even though they’ve been seeing you suffering in so much pain. They say things like, “We see you’ve got a knife stuck in you. We hope you get it out” or “I hope you can heal one day.”

The craziest thing though is that there are people out there with the knowledge and the power to get this knife out of you. They are fully aware of this blade deep within you that you did nothing to deserve. Yet they sit back and they do nothing. Why is that? Do they lack the courage? Maybe. Is someone blackmailing them? Maybe. Whatsoever their reasons may be, it is not reason enough to avoid bringing you out of your unwarranted pain.

I recognize Bastrop County District Attorney Bryan Goertz did not put this knife in me. He’s not the one who stabbed this knife into my family. However, Bryan Goertz does have the power in his hands to have this knife be removed. If Bryan Goertz does not do everything he can to remove this knife, eventually this wound is going to kill us. It’s going to kill Rodney. It’s already been slowly killing us. It’s killing my brothers. It’s killing me. It’s killing my mother who is up in age. It. Is. Going. To. Kill. Us. That’s how real this is.

This is why I’m asking everyone- everyone who is my family, everyone who is my friend, everyone who believes in truth and justice, everyone who believes in right- to come together. Let us band together and ignite a fire under the person who can actually do something to remove this knife- Bastrop County District Attorney Bryan Goertz. Let’s make this fire burn and shine so bright that the right people step in at the right time and help us make our fire shine even brighter- so much so that Goertz is in a position where he has no other choice but to remove this knife that Jimmy Fennell- and possible accomplices of Fennell’s- has embedded in my family.

We are all children of God. We all deserve a fair chance at justice. That’s all we’re asking. Please. Help Rodney. Help my mother. Help my brothers. Help my family. Help me. Help us do what it takes to have Bryan Goertz do everything in his power to remove this knife that’s so deeply embedded within the Reed family.

This is why we started the postcard campaign. Please fill out a postcard today. Refer your friends, family members, anyone who believes in justice to this link:
https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/to-bastrop-county-district-attorney-bryan-goertz/ and have them fill out a postcard. Let’s make sure that these postcards are forever embedded in the hearts and minds of Bryan Goertz and the staff at the Bastrop County District Attorney’s office.

** This specific sentence was updated on 6/25/2019. It originally read: “His case being on A&E, CNN, the Discovery Channel (ID), MSNBC, award-winning documentaries, etc. “
*In the A&E program, the name Dustin Bailey is used in place of Jimmy Fennell- Stacey’s fiance- who all the evidence points to as Stacey’s true murderer.

This link goes to part 2 of the A&E special listed in the first paragraph.
This link goes to all of the episodes of season 3 of CNN/ HLN’s Death Row Stories series. The episode titled “Love Kills” is the one on Rodney’s case. It is listed as #2.

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Seeking justice for Stacey Stites: A letter from members of her family

*Per request, this post has been edited to remove the names of two family members who did not want their names listed any longer.

I want to thank the following members of Ms. Stacey Stites’s family for their courage and for standing up for right and for justice: Judy Mitchell- cousin, Sherry Everitt – cousin, Arica Wiederhold – cousin, John Leston – cousin, Heather Campbell Stobbs – cousin, Brenden Campbell – cousin, Jeffery Holcomb – cousin, and Ray Horton – uncle. Rest in power, Mr. Ray Horton! My family thanks each of you so much for supporting us in this fight to free Rodney and to ensure he is granted a new trial so he can prove that he did not murder Stacey. Thank you for your Blessing to share this letter that you had sent to both Bryan Goertz and Governor Greg Abbott. I’m so sorry for your loss and for your 23 years of immeasurable pain and suffering. I pray that both of our families finally do get the justice we deserve. God Bless you all and your family.

-Rodrick Reed

The letter:

Dear Bryan Goertz,

I am writing to you about the Capitol case of Rodney Reed. I have followed this case since the murder of Stacey Stites. Stacey, the victim in this case, was my cousin. The loss of Stacey has deeply effected the family and has been the hardest for Aunt Carol and Stacey’s sister Debra.

Over the years I have begun to believe in the innocence of Rodney Reed. I believe that Jimmy Fennel, Stacey’s fiancée is the person who killed Stacey.

In following the case I became aware of the overwhelming mistakes in the investigation. I believe there was overwhelming evidence that was overlooked and that there is more evidence and DNA that need to be tested and reexamined. This evidence deserves a second look. I believe Rodney Reed has not received the full and complete due process of the judicial system.

Stacey deserves to have the correct person convicted for her murder. Our family, as well as Stacey, cannot rest until all evidence has been tested and examined. Stacey would not want an innocent man to die for a crime he did not do. Stacey deserves justice and I, as well as the family, feel she has not gotten it.

There is overwhelming and compelling evidence that Jimmy Fennel killed Stacey. I am aware that my Aunt Carol stated in a sealed affidavit that Jimmy Fennel was a violent man. These sentiments are shared among many family members.

The loss of Stacey has been devastating and a large loss to our family. Stacey was only 19 years old when she was murdered. She had her whole life ahead of her. She was a beautiful, kind, and loving young lady who loved life. We feel that Jimmy Fennel has gotten away with murder. Please help in getting justice for Stacey and our family. The wrongful execution of Rodney Reed will not give this family closure.

We ask you to please intervene and give your support to have the DNA and all evidence reexamined as the initial investigation was seriously flawed.

We feel we have been denied justice in Stacey’s murder. There can be no closure for our family if the wrong man is executed.

This letter also represents other members of the family who have added their names.

Sincerely,

Judy Mitchell – cousin, and sister of Sherry
Sherry Everitt – cousin
Arica Wiederhold – cousin, daughter of Judy
John Leston – cousin
Heather Campbell Stobbs – cousin
Brenden Campbell – cousin
Jeffery Holcomb – cousin, son of Tina
Ray Horton – uncle and half brother of Carol Stites

–Disclaimer: A version of this letter has already been sent to both Bastrop County District Attorney Bryan Goertz and Governor Greg Abbott.

From Rodrick: The only way the full evidence and the full truth will be put out there is a new trial. Bryan Goertz has the power in his hands to bring the full truth and true justice to light. Tell Goertz that justice demands he intervene in this case. If you have the ear of either Bryan Goertz or Greg Abbott (or someone in either of their immediate networks), please tell each of them to do everything in their power to see to it that Rodney is granted a new, fair trial to prove that he did not murder Stacey Stites- a new, fair trial where all the crime scene evidence is DNA tested and where all Rodney’s witnesses are called. Then, and only then, will we have justice.

If you plan to reach out to Bastrop County District Attorney Bryan Goertz about this by email at bryan dot goertz at co.bastrop.tx.us, feel free to cc me on the email. My email address is rodrickreed65 at gmail dot com. You can also reach the office of Bryan Goertz by calling (512) five eight one -7125.

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How Can We Ensure Mr. Goertz Reads My Entire 04/09/2019 Email and Acts On It?

Good morning family,

I sent Bastrop County District Attorney Bryan Goertz an email and need your help making sure he was able to receive and read my entire message. My email is in response to the comments he made in the following article on April 2nd: https://www.statesman.com/news/20190402/letter-writing-campaign-seeks-new-trial-for-death-row-inmate-rodney-reed

To give a summary, my message to Mr. Goertz is that he needs to do everything in his power to see to it that Rodney gets a new and fair trial where all the evidence can be seen and heard because Mr. Goertz has an ethical duty to do so.

This is the exact message I sent to him on April 9, 2019:

“Good Morning Mr. Goertz,

You are not telling the whole truth here. The truth of the matter is you do have the power to ensure Rodney is granted a new trial. You need to step up. As district attorney, you can concede in court that a convicted person is 1.) innocent or 2.) that their conviction is unconstitutional. Because Rodney’s conviction was the result of a series of constitutional violations- including prosecutorial misconduct, trial by a jury of folks who were not his peers, failure to include all evidence and witness testimonies, inadequate representation, and so much more- you can do something about it. In fact, as district attorney, if you think there is a constitutional violation in a person’s case, you have an ethical duty to concede error.

In the article, you say, “I don’t think there’s an innocent man on death row,” referring to my brother. Now this is coming from a man who graduated from Baylor Law School- one of the top 50 law schools in the country! I don’t understand it. And it’s concerning to say the least! How do you not see that my brother is innocent of the murder of Ms. Stacey Stites with all the evidence that is out there?

You have the testimonies- sworn affidavits- of 4 medical examiners, including even the one who put Rodney on death row, Dr. Roberto Bayardo. In Bayardo’s recanted statement from 2012, he stated that his finding “very few” sperm indicated that my brother and Ms. Stites had sex “not less than 24 hours before Ms. Stites’s death.” So, you have Dr. Bayardo and three other independent medical examiners- those three being experts in their field- testifying that there’s no way possible Rodney could have killed Ms. Stites based on the time of death and the lividity of her body. When you consider this information and also Jimmy Fennell’s testimony that he and Ms. Stites spent a quiet evening at home around this time, based on this information alone, there’s no way in the world Rodney could have committed this murder. And then with all the other evidence that has come out pointing at the DNA of known associates of Fennell’s- cops David Hall and Ed Salmela– how can you not see that Rodney is not guilty of the murder of Ms. Stacey Stites? This makes me seriously question the caliber of law school graduates that Baylor Law School is sending out into our communities.

And if comprehension of facts is not one of your strong suits, one thing that does not require a strong command of comprehension is the fact that Rodney’s conviction was and still is unconstitutional. Rodney’s right to due process was violated! Rodney never did get a fair trial in the first place. He did not get a chance to call his witnesses. There was evidence that was not tested and still has not been tested. The most important piece of evidence in this case- the belt, the murder weapon itself, that was used to strangle Ms. Stites to death- has never been tested! How are you not going to DNA test the murder weapon and then consistently defend Rodney’s conviction, oppose DNA testing, and advocate for his execution?

All we’re asking of you is to do everything in your power to see that Rodney is granted a new and fair trial. Every major district attorney’s office has a conviction integrity unit or something to that effect which includes a process for reviewing cases of claimed innocence, so what we’re asking you for is normal. Most importantly, that is the just thing to do period, and especially when the stakes are as high as they are when you consider that the death penalty is permanent!

You can make recommendations. Your word is very powerful. You can bring a quick end to this abuse. You do have the power to ensure that Rodney is granted a new trial. Seek truth and justice! Most importantly, stand up and do the right thing!

Respectfully,

Rodrick Reed”

Maybe y’all can get through to Mr. Goertz. If you can, ask Mr. Goertz to do everything he can do- everything in his power- to ensure that my brother Rodney is granted a new and fair trial where all the evidence can be seen and heard. Ask Mr. Goertz to make time to sit down with my mom and me. I have reached out to Mr. Goertz multiple times by phone and by email and I still have not received a response from him directly. I will continue trying to do so. I do need some help in my efforts. Maybe y’all can support me along the way. Call him. Email him. Fill out a postcard. If something in my letter resonates with you, tell Mr. Goertz that. Maybe you could even read the entire thing back to Mr. Goertz. Tell Mr. Goertz to reach out to me by phone at 512- two seven zero-1596. Or tell him to email me. He has my personal email and he can reach me there 24/7/365. I will respond.

Whatever you can do to support the efforts of my immediate family and me would be greatly appreciated. The number to Bryan Goertz’s office is 512-five eight one-7125. His work email is bryan dot goertz at co.bastrop.tx.us. Of course, always be respectful when you reach out to his office.

Family, I ask you, what are your thoughts on how we can ensure Mr. Goertz reads my entire 04/09/2019 email and acts on it?

Thank you, family, with much love from my family.