Texas: Rodney Reed granted indefinite stay of execution

Stay of execution came just hours after parole board unanimously recommended 120-day reprieve
The Texas death row prisoner Rodney Reed was granted a stay of execution on Friday, 5 days before he was scheduled to be put to death for a murder he insists he did not commit.
The Texas court of criminal appeals blocked the execution indefinitely and sent the case back to the trial court in Bastrop county, where Reed was sentenced in 1998 for the murder of Stacey Stites two years earlier.
The court had previously rejected multiple appeals, but Reed’s lawyers argued that fresh evidence bolstered his claim of innocence. 
They said in a statement that they “are extremely relieved and thankful … this opportunity will allow for proper consideration of the powerful and mounting new evidence of Mr Reed’s innocence”.
Millions of people, including a clutch of celebrities, have rallied behind Reed’s cause, helping to generate momentum and public attention as the execution date of 20 November loomed an…

Somalia: Al-Shabaab member Mukhtar Mahamed executed in Beledweyne

August 5, 2013: Al-Shabaab member Mukhtar Mahamed was executed in Beledweyne after a military court found him guilty of killing the leader of Hiran region elders' union Sheikh Mohamud Sheikh Hussein in November, Somalia's Radio Dalsan reported.

The execution was carried out by firing squad at the Beledweyne football stadium, and was attended by the governor of the Hiran region, African Union Mission in Somalia officials, military court representatives, regional police and Beledweyne residents.

The military court sentenced Mahamed to death after he pleaded guilty to killing of Hussein.

Source: allafrica.com, August 6, 2013

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