Kim Kardashian West has described the moment a death row inmate, whose case she has championed, received a stay of execution.
Kardashian West, a reality TV star who is studying for a career in law, believes there is “substantial evidence” that would exonerate murder accused Rodney Reed.
Reed, 51, was facing death by lethal injection on Wednesday for the 1996 killing of a 19-year-old woman.
Following a high-profile campaign featuring celebrities including Beyonce and Oprah Winfrey to have his case reexamined, Texas’s top criminal appeals court halted the execution.
Kardashian West revealed she was with Reed when the decision was announced and described the moment he discovered the news.
She tweeted: “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.
“Words cannot describe the relief and hope that swept over the room in that moment.
“We have seen Democrats and Republicans come together. We have seen grassroots activists and lawmakers link arms.”