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Why Kim Kardashian is begging Texas gov not to execute Rodney Reed

Kim Kardashian (Photo Credit: Bang Media)

After about a decade of being at the epicenter of pop culture as the queen of reality TV, Kim Kardashian West has finally found her raison d’être: freeing the wrongfully convicted from life imprisonment and death sentences.

Kardashian, 38, is on a mission to stave off the execution of a Texas death row inmate, Rodney Reed, who is due to be executed in November.

The reality-star-turned-criminal-justice-reform-advocate, Kardashian West recently emerged from watching Just Mercy an emotional wreck. The film is based on the memoir of attorney and social justice activist, Bryan Stevenson, who has exhaustedly been appealing the wrongful conviction of another man, Walter McMillian, who had been serving time for murder.

Reed has spent 21 years on death row after being convicted in the 1996 rape, strangulation and murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, Texas, about a 30-minute drive southeast of the capital city of Austin.

Kardashian said watching the searing film, starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, reignited the flame she has for Reed’s case.

Kardashian made a public appeal to Gov. Greg Abbott to provide another reprieve for Reed through her Twitter platform which boasts 62 million followers.


Kardashian is now joining forces, even if merely symbolically, with a team of justice advocates who have not only resolutely stated Reed’s innocence, but believe Stite’s former fiance, a White police officer, should be listed as a suspect.