'Free Rodney Reed': Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and more try to stop death row inmate's execution

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Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY
This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows inmate Rodney Reed. On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals sent back to a trial court in Bastrop County the lengthy case of Reed to review claims newly discovered evidence improperly was withheld and shows prosecutors presented false and misleading testimony at Reed's trial where he was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1996 abduction, rape and strangling of 19-year-old Stacy Stites. Her body was found off the side of a road about 35 miles (56.32 kilometers) southeast of Austin. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
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Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna, Dr. Phil and more celebrities are speaking out against the upcoming execution of Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed.

Reed has been incarcerated for more than 21 years for the 1996 rape and murder of Stacey Stites, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Reed has maintained his innocence, but is scheduled to be executed on Nov. 20.

His legal team filed for clemency after credible new witnesses and evidence that would exonerate Reed came to light, the Innocence Project said last week, including an alleged murder confession that Stites' fiancé, Jimmy Fennell, gave to another inmate.

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As Reed's execution date nears, many high-profile stars are advocating for his life.

Kardashian West, who helped commute Alice Johnson's sentence, urged Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to "do the right thing." She added, "I believe he is innocent."