Kim Kardashian has revealed that she was with inmate Rodney Reed when he found out that his death sentence has been suspended indefinitely.
Reed has served 21 years on death row for the murder of Stacey Stites in 1996. He was scheduled for execution on Nov. 20, but the appeals court has suspended his death sentence indefinitely.
“Today, I had the [honour] of meeting #RodneyReed in person and the privilege of sitting with him when he got the news that the highest court in Texas had issued a stay of execution and remanded the case back to the trial court for further consideration,” Kardashian wrote on Twitter.
“Words cannot describe the relief and hope that swept over the room in that moment,” she added. “That hope had been building over the last few weeks around Rodney’s case. We have seen Democrats and Republicans come together. We have seen grassroots activists and lawmakers link arms.”
“We have heard people all around the globe speak up. And all because of a deep belief that every man or woman accused of a crime – especially one punishable by death – deserves the chance to have all available evidence considered,” the reality star and criminal reform advocate continued.
“So grateful for the commitment and passion of everyone who voiced their support, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles for their recommendation to issue a 120 day reprieve, and the courts for issuing a stay!” she ended her statement.
Following the decision, Kardashian sat down with “Today” for an interview set to air on Monday, Nov. 18. In a sneak peek shared on Sunday, Kardashian recalls the experience of being being Reed when he learned he would not be executed.
“It was emotional. It was extremely emotional, and he said ‘Praise Jesus,’” she said.
The Court of Criminal Appeals in Texas stopped the execution in light of new evidence, which includes new witnesses who have come forward in the past few months.
Kardashian is currently hoping to pass the bar exam, following in her father Robert Kardashian’s footsteps, so she can work in law.
I “felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society,” she previously told Vogue. “I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more.”