COURT STOPS EXECUTION OF RODNEY REED IN TEXAS AFTER OUTCRY

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A court in Texas has halted the execution of Rodney Reed, convicted for murder, in a case that has attracted huge public attention in the US.

Reed has been on death row for 21 years for a 1996 murder. He was due to die by lethal injection on November 20.

More than 2.9 million people signed an online petition urging clemency. Celebrities Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and Gigi Hadid have spoken in his support.

Reed says he is innocent. His lawyers say fresh evidence proves that.

He was convicted of the murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites, who was found strangled after failing to turn up for work.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted Reed’s scheduled execution.