Judge advises no new Reed trial Posted in: News The presiding judge for the reexamination of a decades-past Bastrop murder has recommended that the defendant, Rodney Reed, should not receive a new trial.Reed, a Bastrop man who is currently on death row in Texas, was convicted for the 1996 murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop after DNA evidence linked him to Stites. However, Reed said he is innocent, explaining the DNA evidence as due to a relationship between him and Stites, and he and his attorneys have been arguing for his innocence for years, and accuse Stites’ fiance at the time, Jimmy Fennell, of the murder. The Court of Criminal ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!