In 1996 Rodney was convicted of killing his then girlfriend Stacey Stites in the state of Texas. When she was found murdered, authorities immediately blamed Rodney seemingly without full due process. No DNA evidence was tested, and Rodney's alibi was blatantly thrown out.
Today his story has gone viral - especially because Rodney is scheduled to be executed November 20th. Another inmate, Arthur Snow claims to have information to exonerate Rodney. After spending time in prison with Stite's fiance Jimmy Fennell, Arthur claims Jimmy confessed to murdering Stacey.
With the story gaining ground, major names within the hip hop industry and beyond have reached out with messages of support, and a petition link that at the time of this writing has just over 75,000 of 100K signatures.
Texas is scheduled to execute #RodneyReed on 11/20.— A N G E L A | R Y E (@angela_rye) November 4, 2019
We must act now & fight for justice.
According to the @NAACP, Black people make up 13% of the population, yet make up 42% of death row & 35% of the executions.#FreeRodneyReed and sign the petition @ https://t.co/fZWsFQ2mfU! pic.twitter.com/cPdKtcb4EE
How insane!!!! New witness comes forward that Rodeny was NOT the murderer!!!! He is set to be executed Nov 20th. https://t.co/AgGcqVpjV6— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 31, 2019