Reed's execution was slated for November 20, 2019.
Yesterday, a "stay of execution" was granted, meaning that his case will be be reconsidered by the courts.
The parole board sent to Texas Gov. Abbott its recommendation that he sign the reprieve but not grant Reed a commutation.
Innocence Challenge, an organisation which has been working on the case, welcomed the appeals court docket's ruling.
What happened to Stacey Stites? Fennell's truck was found abandoned in a nearby school parking lot.
Reed was arrested after his DNA was discovered inside Stites' body. She had been strangled with her own belt. Traces of Rodney's sperm was found in the deceased's vagina after medical tests. "We need your help to make sure Rodney Reed is the second". None of Reed's fingerprints were found on the truck Stacey was driving.
The case against him changed into basically constructed round his semen.
Reed's defense team argued that had investigators revealed this information to Reed's defense at trial, it's unlikely Fennell would have testified - meaning the state would have lost its key witness.
Reed was arrested almost a year later after his DNA surfaced in an unrelated sexual assault; he was sentenced to death in 1998.
Reed, 51, has been on death row for 21 years and long maintained his innocence. Reed said he and Stites had a consensual, casual relationship. One of those witnesses, a prison inmate, claimed in an affidavit that Fennell confessed to him that he killed Stites because he discovered the affair.
Another statement comes from a former policeman.
Senator Ted Cruz, a staunch advocate of the death penalty, said on Twitter last week that "a remarkable bipartisan coalition" had emerged in support of a delay. Fennell was paroled previous year after serving time in prison for sexual assault. He was released in 2018.
"Jimmy said his fiancé had been sleeping around with a Black man behind his back", Snow wrote.
Jimmy Fennell went on to relief years in jail for kidnapping and sexually assaulting any other lady.
His lawyer, Bob Phillips believes Reed's conviction should stand.
He told CBS Austin that Arthur Snow is a "career criminal" who is "trying to save his own scalp".
This doesn't mean that Reed won't be executed and will be freed immediately, but that his "Brady, false testimony, and actual innocence claims" will be heard by the trial court before any further action is taken.