Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and Meek Mill are among the celebrities who are urging the Texas governor to stop the Nov. 20 execution of a Texas inmate, NBC News reported.
Death-row prisoner Rodney Reed, 51, was convicted of killing Stacey Stites on April 23, 1996. According to NBC affiliate KXAN in Austin, her body was found on a rural road in Bastrop County, outside of Austin.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says that Reed “strangled and killed” 20-year-old Stites “during an aggravated sexual assault.”
Reed, who was 28 at the time of the crime, was identified by DNA evidence taken from the crime scene, according to the Texas government site. He has been on death row since his conviction in 1998.
Reed has maintained his innocence, and his attorneys have said that new evidence, including a sworn affidavit by a fellow inmate implicating another man, would exonerate him.
After days of backlash across social media, Kim Kardashian West announced she plans to change the name of her upcoming shapewear line Kimono Solutionwear.
The line, which will come in a range of sizes and colors she showed off on Instagram, had been slammed with objections to what some had claimed an inappropriate take on centuries-old kimono clothing.
On Monday, Kardashian West said she was aware of the complaints and would be changing the name of the clothing line accordingly.
“Being an entrepreneur and my own boss has been one of the most rewarding challenges I’ve been blessed with in my life. What’s made it possible for me after all of these years has been the direct line of communication with my fans and the public. I am always listening, learning and growing – I so appreciate the passion and varied perspectives that people bring to me, ” she wrote. “
“When I announced the name of my shapewear line, I did so with the best intentions in mind. My brands and products are built with inclusivity and diversity at their core and after careful thought and consideration, I will be launching my Solutionwear brand under a new name. I will be in touch soon. Thank you for your understanding and support always,” she wrote.