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 …

Iran: 3 Executions on Murder Charges

Public execution in Iran
2 prisoners were hanged at Mashhad Central Prison and 1 at Zahedan Central prison, all on murder charges.

Executions in Mashhad

According to a report by Khorasan Newspaper, on the morning of Tuesday October 24, 1 prisoner was executed at Mashhad Central Prison on murder charges. 

The prisoner, identified as Majid M., was arrested in February 2007 and sentenced to death on the charge of murdering a taxi driver under a robbery.

Another prisoner was executed at the same prison on murder charges on the morning of Thursday October 26. 

The prisoner, identified as Hossein S., was charged with murdering a shepherd with intent to steal his livestock in January 2014, when he was 22.

Execution in Zahedan

According to the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on the morning of Sunday October 29, a prisoner was executed at Zahedan Central prison on murder charges. 

The prisoner, identified as Majid Ramroudy, 25, had been held in prison for nearly 5 years.

The execution of Majid Ramroudy has not been announced by official Iranian media so far.

According to Iran Human Rights annual report on the death penalty, 142 of the 530 execution sentences in 2016 were implemented due to murder charges. 

There is a lack of a classification of murder by degree in Iran, which results in issuing death sentence sfor any kind of murder regardless of intensity and intent.

Source: Iran Human Rights, October 31, 2017

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