Rodney Reed case receives celebrity attention, public support: Part 10

Lawyers with the Innocence Project question the investigation that led to Reed's conviction. Kim Kardashian West is among those who came out in support of Reed.
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(Chime - laughing) Brbenjet and this whole team of lawyers have been working on this case and struggling so hard for so many years. One day, I get a call from detective sergeant Gannon and he had been looking at this independently. And he says, I found something new and you guys got to hear about it. This homicide detective pointed at what he thought was obvious. That was a big deal. Detective Gannon. Detective sergeant Gannon. Nice to see you. You're a former NYPD. I was homicide. The state's case, essentially, was that she was intercepted on her way to work, that she was raped, and that she was did the state completely get wrong as far as you're concerned about her death? Everything. It was like, oh, my god, this was way off. What was way off? The time of death was way off. It was -- it was hours earlier. I give a lot of credit to Kevin Gannon because he did point to the key scientific evidence that really showed that they were all wrong. And then when we take this to the actual medical examiner who testified, he gives us a sworn statement that said that nobody should have relied on what I said. Here's what the medical examiner wrote. "My estimate of time of death was only an estimate and should not have been used at trial as an accurate statement of when Ms. Stites died. It's one of the great things about this system, in a way, you can go back to court, not as easily as it should be. If you can get the proof, you should be able to get an exoneration. Family and supporters of Rodney reed gathered in the bastrop county courtroom today. Rodney reed's defense attorneys are trying to include forensic evideom that 1996 murder that they say will prove his innocence. Michael Baden, b-a-d-e-n. Dr. Baden has weighed in on some of the biggest cases, from O.J. Simpson to George Floyd. Reed's defense team brings him to talk about the timing of Stacey's death using the science of lividity. The lividity is because of the settling of the red blood cells in a downward position. After about four, five, six hours, the lividity stays, and that's called fixedity. In this instance, there was fixed lividity in the front of her body. Not on her back as her body was discovered. That means that Stacey Stites was dead in a different four more hours prior to the time of that 3:00 A.M. To 5:00 A.M. Win order to get that way. All that shows that this homicide occurred hours before 3:00 A.M., at a time that she was just with Jimmy. Now, you mentioned that there was other factors. Yes, there was another, which is called classic sign of death. Rigor Mortis, which you -- stiffening of the body. After somebody dies, it begins to set in where the body stiffens and contracts. And that process begins and goes through a period of about 12 hours and then begins to slacken. We have videotape of the body of Stacey Stites being examined and manipulated and put into a body bag. That video shows that she can be put into that body bag, her arms folded. The rigor Mortis was present but leaving the body, so this would put it about 20 hours, something like that, of death where the rigor has come, stayed, and th started going away. That is very powerful scientific evidence that, again, the time of death is way before that 3:00 A.M. To 5:00 A.M. Window of the prosecution's ca If she's killed at midnight and not 3:00 A.M., then Rodney reed is excluded as the killer. So according to the defense's legal filings, the perpetrator then becomes Jimmy Fennell because he said he was in the apartment with her that night. No. Not based on any of the credible evidence. Or physical evidence or forensic evidence. It's a concoction of creative, brilliant lawyers trying to save a condemned man. And the state argues that none of these methods, establishing the time of death, are totally reliable or have pinpoint accuracy, and Dr. Baden agrees. I agree with that, yes. That concludes the hearing. We're going to win, Rodney. Love you, baby. Love you. The judge says the new evidence is not compelling enough for a retrial. The judge said he rejected Baden's testimony because it would not necessarily have changed the opinion of the jury, and that othdence of reed's guilt was strong. The court went on to say that doctor Baden never examined the body and he based his opinion on crime scene reports, videos and photos. In the meantime, another court has set an execution date for Rodney reed. A state judge granted prosecutor's request to set reed's execution for November 20th. At this point, there is outrage all over the country about this execution. The national media has gotten involved, and in the middle of this outcry, I traveled to Texas and sit down with reed on death row. You're sitting here with me and the clock is ticking. You're set to be executed. I hope not, but yes. I am holding on, not just for myself, but for my family. The jury believed that you killed Stacey Stites. Did you rape Stacey Stites? No, I didn't. Did you kill Stacey Stites? No, I absolutely did not. How would you describe your relationship with her? Were you in love with her? I couldn't say that I was in love with her. We were both in relationships. I was seeing someone else. She was seeing someone else. So it was a casual sexual relationship? Yes, that's all. If I wouldn't have known her, if I wouldn't have been associated with her, I wouldn't be in this situation. But this is the situation that was handed to me. I have to accept that I'm here now for something that I didn't do. Earlier this week, attorneys for reed sent a new letter to the governor to ask for a delay in the execution. What's on the line is pretty much everything. We had unprecedented support from all over the world. Kim Kardashian west asked Rodney, is there anything that I can do to be helpful to this

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