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I turn 50 on August 31st.  I am inviting everybody everywhere to the Kerr Community Center in Bastrop, TX on Saturday, August 31st at 4pm to celebrate my 50th with food, drinks, music from live bands and a DJ, and most importantly, a rally to save my brother Rodney’s life! We will band together to demand that this retaliatory November 20, 2019 execution date be dropped and that Rodney be freed!

I haven’t been able to celebrate my birthday with my brother Rodney or hug him since 1997.  The state of Texas has robbed my brother of over two decades of his life.  That is over two decades that Rodney has not been able to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions with the people who love him.  He has not hugged or kissed Mama in over two decades.  Our brothers.  His children.  He has never had the opportunity to hug or kiss his grandchildren.  A part of us has been locked away for over two decades, and now, the state of Texas is trying to execute him on November 20th for a crime he did not commit.  This is all without DNA testing the murder weapon and ALL the crime scene evidence or granting him a new, fair, just retrial. 

The only thing I want for my birthday, for Rodney, for my family, is help to #BRINGRODNEYHOMEALIVE ! All I want is for my family to be whole again so we can start our journey to healing. For Mama to be able to hug and kiss Rodney again. For Rodney to be able to live the rest of his life happy and as a free man, enjoying every remaining moment of his life to the fullest. I just want my family to be able to hold Rodney in our arms again.

My 50th birthday event will be a fundraiser for our cross-country trip across the United States, where we’re travelling from Texas to NYC to LA and several key locations in between, connecting with major media outlets every step of the way, to make sure the whole world knows how Texas is trying to kill my brother Rodney despite
1. the medical examiner whose testimony led to Rodney’s conviction in the first place recanted that erroneous statement back in 2012 https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2012-08-14/bayardo-says-states-case-against-rodney-reed-is-wrong/,
2. despite refusing to DNA test the murder weapon and ALL crime scene evidence, and
3. despite refusing to grant Rodney a fair, just retrial with a jury of his peers and where ALL of his witnesses are called!

Here is a link to our GoFundMe for the cross-country trip: https://www.gofundme.com/the-change-mobile-and-journey-to-bringrodneyhome  (What we’re really needing is a drivable motor home with no mechanical issues).  Another way to help us fund our fight for justice while raising awareness about Rodney’s situation is to purchase one of our conversation starter t-shirts: https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/shop/  

Confirmed speakers for my 50th birthday celebration:
Mama (Sandra Reed)
Anthony Graves – death row exoneree #138
A surprise, very special guest!
And several other speakers who we’re awaiting their confirmation of attendance
List of other speakers and live music performers TBA!

Come celebrate my 50th birthday with my family and me and join us as we fight to save Rodney’s life!

Here is the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/687759088369198/

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Here is info about some of what we’ll be yelling all across America:

Three world-renowned forensic experts have submitted affidavits stating that it is “medically impossible” that Ms. Stites had been killed when the state said she was (They say Ms. Stites was actually murdered before midnight).
https://www.innocenceproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Reed_Exhibits-to-Supp-11.073-Writ_6-26-18.pdf
a. Michael M. Baden, M.D. (pages 39 – 44)
b. Werner U. Spitz, M.D., FCAP (pages 79 – 82)
c. LeRoy Riddick, M.D. (pages 115 – 123)

This alone exonerates my brother Rodney.  The State hasn’t contradicted this either. In fact, the State’s three expert witnesses agree with this. 

Former Travis County Medical Examiner Roberto Bayardo, M.D. stated the following about his findings regarding evidence of rape: 1. he was wrong and 2. parts of his testimony were misinterpreted by the prosecution. https://www.innocenceproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Reed_Exhibits-to-Supp-11.073-Writ_6-26-18.pdf(pages 10-13) 

The testimonies of the state’s other witnesses – DPS Serologist Karen Blakely and Labcorp Serologist Meghan Clement- were also later repudiated.

It was Bayardo’s testimony that led to Rodney’s conviction, so the fact that Bayardo recanted his erroneous statement back in 2012 means THERE HAS BEEN NO CASE AGAINST RODNEY SINCE 2012!  This alone exonerates Rodney. There is too much reasonable doubt to execute my brother. Rodney should be exonerated, not executed.

Read #Psalm64 and also #Matthew18:19-20 !
#RODNEYREEDISINNOCENT !
#TESTTHEDNA for #RodneyReed and #GRANTRODNEYREEDANEWTRIAL so he can show the world HE IS INNOCENT !
#FREERODNEYREED so we can
#BRINGRODNEYHOME !
We’re going to #BRINGRODNEYHOMEALIVE !

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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 !
Office of the Governor Greg Abbott
Greg Abbott
FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation

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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/

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From this point forward, we go hard to amplify #rodneyreed and #freerodneyreed

Now is the time when we have to fight harder than we’ve ever fought before to save our brother Rodney Reed’s life.  Starting Monday, July 22, 2019; we will protest everyday next week outside of Bastrop County District Attorney Bryant Goertz’s office and bombard social media with posts to fight Goertz’s retaliatory motion to set the November 20, 2019 execution date. We’re also demanding that Rodney Reed be freed AND that he be granted a new trial that admits DNA testing of ALL the crime scene evidence and where ALL his witnesses are called so our brother can show the world HE IS INNOCENT!

The Innocence Project published this petition urging people to stand against Rodney’s execution: https://www.innocenceproject.org/stand-with-rodney-reed-on-texas-death-row/

After filling it out, we’re asking you to share it multiples times on both Twitter and Facebook.

For Twitter, the Innocence Project provides an auto message for people to use to share the petition.  In its place, our family is posting some variation of the following message to both Twitter and Facebook: 

“Join us in standing against the execution of our beloved #RodneyReed. #RodneyReedisInnocent on Texas death row. Let’s make sure Bastrop County DA Bryan Goertz feels the pressure! Help us block his retaliatory motion, #FreeRodneyReed, and #BringRodneyHome! https://www.innocenceproject.org/stand-with-rodney-reed-on-texas-death-row/

We will be sending out a letter soon talking about how the Reed family and our supporters will continue to fight hard to block Bryan Goertz’s motion to execute our brother Rodney on November 20, 2019.  This is in response to Bryan Goertz is rushing to murder Rodney without allowing DNA testing or a new trial to examine the extensive evidence that’s out there and that proves Rodney is innocent (the same evidence that implicates Jimmy Fennell as the actual murderer— with the help of his friends). 

Now is the time we need people to tune into what we’re doing and stand with us in person and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter more than ever. This a literal life and death critical moment when we really need all hands on deck to make the most noise possible in every way to stop Bryan Goertz’s retaliatory motion to set an execution date for our brother Rodney.  

Stayed tuned to what we post about Rodney and be sure to comment on and share each post and as much as you can.

And don’t stop here.  Join us at the protests. Even if you can only come one day, our family would appreciate that more than you could ever imagine. We need as many people as possible on the ground. And reach out to people by phone. Call anyone and everyone who you feel will band with us and help us in this fight— including our elected officials, high profile people, and your church and faith leaders.

Let’s make #RodneyReed, #FreeRodneyReed, #RodneyReedIsInnocent, #BringRodneyHome, #GrantRodneyReedANewTrial, and #TestTheDNA trending topics until Bryan Goertz’s motion to set an execution date is dismissed or dropped.  If you use #TestTheDNA, please include another hashtag with #RodneyReed so my brother’s name can trend with it.  

We are so powerful when we stand together!  We have the power to use our voices and both our social media and physical presence to block Bryan Goertz’s vindictive motion and to bring Rodney home! Rodney needs all of us to go hard from here on out to amplify his name and his story across the world so we can save his life and finally hug him when he is freed and we bring him home!

We need all of your help and appreciate everything y’all have been doing so far! 

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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.