A month after voicing her support for Rodney Reed, megastar Kim Kardashian West traveled to Texas to visit the death row inmate – and she was present for a crucial moment in his case.


The reality television star and entrepreneur was with Reed on Friday when he found out his execution, scheduled for Nov. 20, had been blocked by the state Court of Criminal Appeals. In an interview with NBC’s "Today," Kardashian West described learning the news.


.@KimKardashian discusses moment Rodney Reed learned of halted execution https://t.co/jssh9a9IRP

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 18, 2019

"It was just this overwhelming sigh of relief and hope," she said. "It was extremely emotional, and he said ‘praise Jesus.’ I could just feel his soul when he said that."


Today, I had the honor 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.

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 16, 2019

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.

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 16, 2019

Reed’s case involving the murder of 19-year-old Stacey Stites in 1996 now returns to a Bastrop County trial court. In the weeks leading up to Reed’s scheduled execution date, his case drew nationwide attention from celebrities and bipartisan support from lawmakers who said more time was needed to examine evidence.


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Kardashian West, who announced earlier this year that she has begun a four-year law apprenticeship, visited the White House in 2018 to discuss prison reform and urge President Donald Trump to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old who was serving a life sentence for her role in a drug trafficking organization. Trump commuted Johnson’s sentence shortly after.