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 …

China: School deputy principal executed for kidnapping, killing girl

SHIJIAZHUANG, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Yang Haijun, former deputy principal of a primary school in north China's Hebei Province, was executed on Saturday for kidnapping and killing a girl and then molesting her body.

Yang, 47, former deputy head of Wang'an Township Central Primary School of Laiyuan County, was convicted of kidnapping the girl on July 27, 2013 to demand ransom from her parents.

He took the six-year-girl back to his home and suffocated her after she cried and shouted. 

The pedophile then abused her body and buried her near the border between Laiyuan and Yuxian counties on the same day.

Police detained him on August 2, 2013 on suspicion of intentional homicide. 

He was sentenced to death in December, but appealed. The Higher People's Court of Hebei Province rejected Yang Haijun's appeal and upheld the death penalty last year.

Source: Xinhua News Agency, January 10, 2015

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