Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna call for stay of execution of Death Row Inmate, Rodney Reed


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Rodney Reed has spent more than 21 years on death row. 

Celebrities like Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian West, and Rihanna have joined a growing chorus of supporters calling for the examination of new evidence in the 1996 murder of 19-year-old, Stacey Stites before the upcoming execution of Rodney Reed, who has long maintained he was wrongly convicted.


On Friday, Beyoncé became one of the more than 300,000 people to add their names to a Change.org petition calling for a stay of Reed’s execution, which is scheduled for November 20.

Beyoncé also shared a link to the petition on her social media platforms and website.

In a message addressed to Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, the pop superstar asks that he “take a hard look at the substantial evidence in the Rodney Reed case that points to his innocence. Be honest. Be fair. Give him back his life.”

She becomes the latest celeb to add their support to the campaign, which was previously publicized by the likes of Rihanna, Kim Kardashian West, LL Cool J, This Is Us actor Isaiah Washington, former NFL player Reggie Bush, and rapper Meek Mill, whose conviction on drug and gun charges was recently overturned after the rapper spent years in prison.

Millions more have signed a petition at FreeRodneyReed.com, calling for the new evidence to be reviewed before a potentially innocent man loses his life.

Stites was beaten, raped and strangled in Bastrop, Texas, on the night of April 22, 1996.