In Depth Coverage
Rodney Reed/Stacey Stites Murder Case
April 23, 1996: The body of 19-year-old Stacey Stites was found raped and strangled in a wooded area next to a Bastrop County dirt road. She has disappeared the day before after leaving Giddings for her 3:30 a.m. shift at the H-E-B store in Bastrop. She was to get married in three weeks. The case remained unsolved for almost a year.
April 4, 1997: Rodney Reed, 29, was charged with capital murder. The Bastrop County Sheriff's Office said semen collected from Stites' body matched Reed. Reed, of Bastrop, was in jail on a cocaine charge.
April 1998: Reed goes on trial for the murder. He claimed there was a DNA match because he had a consensual sexual relationship with Stites. They also pointed the finger at Stites' fianc Jimmy Fennell, a Giddings police officer.
May 19, 1998: The all-white jury convicted Reed and sentenced him to death.
1998 to present: Reed's appellate attorneys have filed multiple appeals before state and federal courts. All have been denied.
September 2008: Fennell, a Georgetown police officer, was convicted of kidnapping and improper sexual activity with a woman in his custody. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
October 2012: The man who did the autopsy on Stites' body, former Travis County Medical Examiner Roberto Bayardo, recanted part of his testimony. He now challenges the prosecutions use of the time of death and says sperm found could have been deposited days before her death.
April 2013: KEYE TV's Adam Racusin did an exclusive interview with Reed.
Dec. 4, 2013: The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals hears Reed's latest appeal.