Some say the cop's arrest could help set another man free from death row.
It was 1996 when 19-year-old Stacey Stites was found strangled on the side of a road in Bastrop.
A jury convicted Rodney Reed of murder and sentenced him to death. Supporters have long insisted police have the wrong man behind bars.
The appeal seeking a new trial suggests Stites' live-in boyfriend, Jimmy Fennell -- then a Giddings police officer -- was to blame.
The motive? The defense claims Fennell was jealous when he found out Stites was having an affair -- with Reed, whose DNA was found on the body.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Is Jimmy Fennell guilty of Stacey Stites' muder?
The news is that Sgt. Jimmy Fennell, who was placed on administrative leave for the last few weeks is now charged with sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint last October. KEYE TV has a good report (video below) about Jimmy Fennell's possible involvement in Stacey Stites' murder. Rodney Reed who has been convicted of her murder is currently waiting for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to rule on his appeal.