ATLANTA — Protesters rallied around the country Sunday, including here in Atlanta, Athens and Sugar Hill, in support of Rodney Reed’s campaign to stop a scheduled Nov. 20 execution.
The "Free Rodney Reed" rally in Atlanta was set to take place at the Martin Luther King Center, however, was moved at the last minute to Woodruff Park. It was scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The rally took place days after a state appeals court hearing scheduled for Tuesday on Reed’s case was called off. Reed’s attorneys want to void the execution writ signed in July.
Reed is to die for the 1996 killing of a 19-year-old Stacy Stites. New evidence in the case has led a growing number of Texas legislators, religious leaders and celebrities to press Gov. Greg Abbott to intervene. Abbott hasn't spoken publicly about Reed's case.