Transcript for More than 1.5M sign petition to stop Rodney Reed's execution
Now to the death row case in Texas gaining national attention tonight. A man convicted in a murder 23 years ago scheduled to be executed in two weeks. He has always maintained his innocence, and tonight, is there new evidence casting doubt? He has some high profile names coming to his defense now. Prosecutors say he did it. ABC's Deborah Roberts with the interview from death row tonight. Reporter: Tonight, ABC news was granted rare access to sit down face-to-face with convicted murderer, 51-year-old Rodney reed. I know that I am innocent. Absolutely innocent. Reporter: In 1996, the body of 19-year-old Stacey Stites was found on the side of this rural country road near bastrop, Texas. Strangled 19-year-old Stacey Stites. She had her plans and she had her marriage coming up, and now somebody's taken that away. Reporter: The community stunned. Rodney reed was arrested and later convicted of her murder, a crime for which he had sat on death row for 21 years. The right man has been convicted beyond a reasonable doubt. He's had every bit of justice that could have come to him and over and over and over again they say he's guilty. Reporter: Reed's always maintained his innocence. And in exactly two weeks, he's set to be executed. If a new jury were to hear your case, what do you think would exonerate you? I know that if they was to hear this case, that this case will itself exonerate me. Reporter: Reed's new powerful legal team, the innocence project, is fighting for his life. Saying crucial DNA evidence was never introduced at trial or collected at all. Many calling for reed's case to be revisited, including celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, and tonight, more than 1.5 million people have signed this petition, appealing to the Texas governor to stop the execution so evidence can be investigated. The support and love that's out there for me, I try not to think about being executed. Deborah Roberts with the interview from death row tonight.
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