Texas: Gov. Abbott should grant death row inmate Rodney Reed a reprieve, before it’s too late

Convicted murderer Rodney Reed is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Nov. 20, but Gov. Greg Abbott has the power to stop it.
As it stands, there’s no indication that Abbott will. He has only stopped one execution since becoming governor 5 years ago.
Reed was sentenced to death in 1998, after being convicted of the brutal 1996 rape and killing of a 19-year-old woman from central Texas, Stacey Stites. And though the governor has yet to weigh in on this specific case, he supports capital punishment, as do most voters in the state. According to a June 2018 poll from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune, fully three-fourths of Texans strongly or somewhat support the death penalty.
But the question at hand has nothing to do with the death penalty, per se. Granting a reprieve would simply be the right thing to do — and a necessary precaution against the doubts that would linger, if Reed is executed as scheduled.
Reed has consistently maintained his innocence, and legitimate questions …

Oklahoma Death Row Inmate Released On Technicality

A death row inmate in Oklahoma, 50-year-old David Magnan - who admitted to intentionally killing 2 women, a man, and injuring another - has been granted a release on a court's order due to a technicality.

Magnan pled guilty in Seminole County District Court to 3 counts of 1st-degree murder and 1 count of shooting with intent to kill on March 3, 2004. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection.

But Magnan's conviction was overturned Friday by the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals after it was determined the triple homicide had taken place on an Indian reservation - official Native American land where the state technically has no authority or jurisdiction.

Only federal and tribal laws have prosecutorial authority on reservation territory - providing a legal loophole in this case.

Therefore, Magnan, a member the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes, was removed from death row at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, where he'd been for nearly 10 years.

The judgment came with the presumption that federal authorities will intercede and re-arrest and prosecute Magnan, given the homicidal nature of the crimes and admitted guilt in the triple murder and wounding of other members of the Seminole Nation.

If he is ever tried federally though, it's likely Magnan will not face the death penalty as it is rarely imposed in federal courts.

The killings occurred in 2004 inside an inherited Seminole residence, where family and friends had gathered to celebrate a birthday. Magnan drove to the home with 2 other men, where he shot and injured Eric Coley who'd come outside to speak to him.

Court records state Magnan then entered the house, noticed James Howard, said "goodbye," and shot him.

Karen Wolf and Lucilla McGirt were also shot. Lucilla died from complications stemming from her gunshot wound 2 weeks later.

Source: The Inquisitr, June 17, 2013

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