CELEBRITIES HAVE rallied around death row inmate Rodney Reed, after new evidence suggests his possible innocence.
Reed, who is African American, has spent 21 years on death row in Texas for the murder of Stacey Stites in 1996, after being convicted by an all-white jury of sexual assault and murder. He is due to be executed November 20.
However, CNN recently reported that a former inmate and white supremacist member Arthur Snow Jr, has released evidence suggesting Reed’s innocence. Snow Jr claimed in an affidavit that Stites’ fiancé, Jimmy Fannell, confessed to the murder many years ago.
After this news was brought to light, many stars took to social media to share their support for Reed, including Rihanna, Meek Mill, Busta Rhymes and many more who’ve rallied around the inmate and his fight for freedom.
Taking to Twitter, Rihanna urged fans to sign the petition to overturn the ruling. She tweeted: “One Click!!! SIGN this petition if you don’t believe the Government should kill an innocent man!!!” she pleaded.
Similarly, rapper Meek Mill also took to Reed’s defence tweeting the direct link to the ‘Free Rodney Reed’ petition with the caption: “16 days left and he will be executed for a crime he didn’t commit.”
Meek Mill has previously campaigned for justice reform after his own incarceration.
Rapper Busta Rhymes took to Instagram to show his support, posting the caption alongside an image of Reed: ”I just signed the petition to stop the execution of #RODNEYREED @justice4rodneyreed Thank you (campaigning activist) @shaunking for shining a bright light on this situation where this brother will be executed in the next 16 days for a crime that he did not commit. Please everyone we cannot let this happen.”
A number of other stars have used social media to support Reed including Questlove, T.I., Kim Kardashian, and LL Cool J.
The ‘Free Rodney Reed’ petition currently has 50,000 signatures and counting. With the influential voices of these celebrities echoing across social media, the numbers are sure to rise.