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USA: Man at risk of execution: Rodney Reed

, Index number: AMR 51/1338/2019

Rodney Reed has been on death row in Texas, USA since 1998. He is scheduled to be executed on 20 November 2019 in connection with the murder of a young white woman which he maintains he did not commit. He was convicted on the basis of DNA evidence that shows he had been in an intimate relationship with the victim; and the testimony of a forensic expert, later recanted, who stated at trial that the sexual encounter was contemporary to the murder. Several other experts and witnesses have provided affidavits disputing the evidence at trial, placing Reed’s conviction in doubt.