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

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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 …

Saudi Arabia: 2 Executed for Drug Trafficking and Murder

Public execution in Saudi Arabia
January 8, 2015: A Pakistani man convicted of drug trafficking and a Saudi national convicted of murder were beheaded in Riyadh, the interior ministry said.

Mohammad Shahbal of Pakistan was beheaded for smuggling heroin into the country. The drugs were found in capsules he had swallowed.

In a separate case, Saudi national Awida Utaibi was executed after a court found him guilty of murdering a relative.

The beheadings bring to six the number of people executed across the kingdom so far this year.

Last year, Saudi authorities executed 87 people, compared with 78 in 2013.

Jan. 12 UPDATE: Saudi Arabia: Woman executed for killing stepdaughter, 7, Gulf News, January 12, 2015

Source: Agence France-Presse, January 8, 2015

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