Death row inmate Rodney Reed was granted an indefinite stay of execution by an appeals court Friday, just days before he was scheduled to be put to death.
A nonprofit called the Innocence Project tweeted the news Friday evening:
The appeal filed by Reed’s legal team claimed that the state suppressed exculpatory evidence, that the state presented false testimony in violation of due process, that Reed’s trial counsel was ineffective, and that he is actually innocent.
The call to halt Reed’s execution has built in recent weeks, gaining support from a bipartisan group of state lawmakers, celebrities like Kim Kardashian West and Oprah Winfrey, and an online petition that has accrued millions of signatures.
Reed was convicted of the 1996 murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites. His DNA was found inside her, which he claims got there because the two had been carrying on a consensual sexual relationship. He was previously scheduled to be put to death on Wednesday, November 20.