Rodney Reed Case: Jimmy Fennell

Nia On Air
3 min readNov 22, 2020

The Rodney Reed case got national attention when Reed was en route to being executed on November 20th, 2019. Reed has made multiple attempts to file for a stay of execution. November 20th, 2019, was just his fourth time. Now, one could argue the evidence and update you about the case. However, I would like you to continue to read my articles. Also, listen to our podcast episode as well. Let’s focus on Jimmy Fennell. If you have been following, then you know he is the alleged killer of Stacey Stites. Leaving Rodney to rot on death row for a crime he did not commit.


At the time of Stacey’s murder, Jimmy Fennell Stacey’s fiance worked as a Giddings Police Officer. In the beginning, Jimmy Fennell was the main suspect. However, DNA cleared him of being involved with Stacey’s murder. The DNA tested was that only from semen. There were beer bottles found around Stacey’s body.

Furthermore, dusting for matching fingerprints on the pickup truck that Stacey and Jimmy shared. The lack of evidence not collected mainly comes from the apartment shared. In my opinion, its negligence was due to Jimmy Fennell being apart of the neighborhood police force.

The truck was left unattended by the town over trying to avoid any clean up of evidence, or so they would like us to believe. However, the Red Chevy pickup truck was indeed left alone. The Chevy pickup truck was examined, but nothing was found. The beer bottles found by her body were also not tested for DNA. Stacey’s pants were placed on wrong with the bottom facing up, showing signs of sexual assault. The only evidence used to convict Rodney Reed was semen matching his DNA.

A crime scene photo of the body of Stacey Stites. Heavy has blurred out the most graphic parts. The photo shows the brutality inflicted on Stacey Stites.

Who is Jimmy Fennell?

Jimmy Fennell was the fiance to Stacey Stites. Stacey Stites found murdered in a remote area in Bastrop, Texas in April of 1996. Jimmy ended up losing his job as a police officer in 2007. Jimmy Fennell was charged and convicted of kidnapping and raping a woman while he was on duty.

Please click to hear the women who were allegedly raped and kidnapped by Jimmy Fennell. In 2008, Jimmy Fennell was sentenced to ten years in prison. However, Jimmy was released from prison in March of 2018.



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