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Kim Kardashian pleads for inmate’s life

By AAP Newswire

Kim Kardashian West has called on the governor of Texas to use his authority to block a death row inmate's scheduled execution.

Kardashian West, who has 62 million Twitter followers, used the social media platform to plead with Governor Gregg Abbott to "do the right thing" and stop inmate Rodney Reed from being put to death on November 20.

Reed has been in prison for 21 years for murder but since his trial DNA evidence associated with the murder weapon has emerged. The Innocence Project, which works to free innocent people from prison and reform laws to prevent wrongful convictions, says the evidence exonerates Reed.

"Please @GovAbott How can you execute a man when since his trial, substantial evidence that would exonerate Rodney Reed has come forward and even implicates the other person of interest," Kardashian West tweeted on Saturday. "I URGE YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING."

Kardashian West, who rose to fame through the reality television show Keeping up with the Kardashians, has previously spoken with President Donald Trump about other inmates, helping commute some of their sentences. Her husband Kanye West is a vocal Trump supporter.

She said she already was aware of Reed's case when she recently saw the movie Just Mercy starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B Jordan.

The film, due out in January, is based on a book written by Bryan Stevenson, the lawyer who defended a black man who spent six years on death row for murder before a court decided he was wrongfully convicted and released him.