source: The Statesman
published: 10 April 2018
CNN’s “Death Row Stories” focused on Bastrop County in a recent episode that fleshed out the complex 1996 slaying of Stacey Stites and the decades long murder trial of Rodney Reed.
Reed was sentenced to death in the 1996 strangulation death of Stacey Stites.
The true-crime documentary series, now in its third season, aired an hour long special on the confounding case April 1 in an episode titled “Love Kills.” The episode pulls together 13 interviews from people who have been heavily immersed in the case over the years, including members of Stites’ and Reed’s family, special prosecutor Lisa Tanner and Curtis Davis, a Bastrop County deputy and friend to Stites’ then-fiance Jimmy Fennell, who was an early suspect in the case.
During Reed’s 1998 trial, prosecutors presented medical testimony indicating that Stites had been strangled shortly after 3 a.m. as she drove from the Giddings apartment she shared with Fennell to her job at a Bastrop grocery store. Reed’s semen was presented as evidence that he had raped and killed Stites, leaving her body alongside a rural road, miles from where her pickup was found at Bastrop High School.