Supreme Court Bats Down Appeal From Death Row Rapist Backed By Hollywood Celebs

Convicted rapist and murder Rodney Reed, who has received the support of Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, Dr. Phil, and Rihanna, had his appeal denied by the Supreme Court this week.

As The Daily Wire reports:

Over the past six months, celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé, Dr. Phil, and Rihanna rallied behind death row inmate and convicted rapist and murderer Rodney Reed, claiming the 52-year-old black man was wrongly convicted, at least in part due to racial bias.

Despite the onslaught of celebrity advocacy, last week, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the death row inmate.

Reed was convicted of the 1996 rape and murder of 19-year-old Stacy Stites due in large part to DNA evidence. When Reed was convicted, it was determined Stites was strangled to death by her own belt while on her way to work at a HEB grocery store in Bastrop, Texas, in April 1996. Evidence determined that Stites was both vaginally and anally raped while being strangled to death. DNA from semen found in the teen’s vagina and anus matched that of Reed’s.

However, Reed has claimed that he did not murder Stites, but was having a secret consensual sexual affair with the teen. When her fiancé Jimmy Fennell, a white police officer, found out, he killed Stites, Reed’s defense attorneys theorized.

The celebrities were quick to embrace Reed’s outlandish claims despite the fact that the evidence didn’t support his outlandish claims.

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