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New judge assigned to Rodney Reed’s execution case in Texas

1 year 1 month 3 weeks ago Friday, November 22 2019 Nov 22, 2019 November 22, 2019 10:10 AM November 22, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A new judge has been assigned to death row inmate Rodney Reed’s case a week after Texas’ highest criminal court canceled his execution scheduled this month.

The Austin American-Statesmen reports that Judge Olen Underwood removed visiting Judge Doug Shaver on Thursday. Underwood assigned retired Judge J.D. Langley to replace Shaver, who is to retire.

Reed’s attorneys argued Shaver, who asked to have his name removed from the list of judges who receive assignments, did not have authority over the case.

The replacement comes one week after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals blocked Reed’s Nov. 20 punishment. He was to be executed for the 1996 killing of 19-year-old Stacy Stites near Bastrop, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Austin.

New evidence prompted legislators and others to mount a social media push to stop Reed’s execution.

Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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