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Texas: Rodney Reed granted indefinite stay of execution

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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…

Pakistan: Murder convict hanged in Vehari

The convict Abdul Gaffur murdered an 8-year-old girl in 1991 after rape.

A death row convict was hanged in Vehari District jail today (Wednesday), Dunya News reported.

According to details, the convict Abdul Gaffur murdered an 8-year-old girl in 1991 after rape.

District and Session judge Lodhara ordered his death penalty and fine whereas the mercy plea was also rejected by the President on which black warrants were issued.

Source: Dunya News, April 29, 2015

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