Co-Worker Of Murdered Woman Corroborates Death Row Inmate’s Claim He Had An Affair With The VictimOn October 11, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
You obviously had had relations with Stacey, but were they consensual? Yes, they were, absolutely. And how long had you been in a relationship with her? I actually met her late October to November of ’95. Right, she was killed in April of ’96, so we’re talking about a five or six month period. How many times did you two see each other? Some weeks, I would see her maybe once or twice a week. And there were sometimes I didn’t see her at all. And you knew at the time that she was engaged, right? Yeah, I mean, it didn’t seem to me that she, because if she was, she wouldn’t have been having a relationship with me. And how long before her death on April 23rd had you been with her? I was with her that late night Sunday, early morning Monday. It was the 21st, 22nd. Late the night of the 21st or early morning hours of the 22nd.
Right. And you had an alibi witness? Yes. My alibi witness that was with me that that particular night, morning, we went to work together. But did other people know you were having a relationship with her? Yes, there were people that knew. But they were people in my circle. Friends and family members of mine. Do you know Alicia Slater? No, I don’t. She says that she knew Stacey for a year. She said Stacey said that she knew you, that she spoke very highly of you. She said she didn’t tell the police about your relationship with Stacey because she didn’t wanna get involved, and now feels guilty about it. How do you feel about the fact that she’s let you sit here for 19 years without ever bringing this out? I look at it this way. It kind of goes back to when I was asked, did I know Stacey? And the first thing I, because I didn’t wanna get involved and I didn’t wanna be part of an investigation. And I can see where she didn’t wanna be a a part of an investigation. I could say that I do appreciate that she took the initiative to step forward, say something. I don’t even know her. A key witness who corroborates Rodney’s story is Alicia Slater, who has come forward after 19 years to confirm that yes, Rodney and Stacey were having a secret affair. Stacey, I worked at a grocery store in Bastrop, Texas. Stacey and I hung out at work only. We talked about girl things, boyfriends. Stacey told me that she was engaged to a police officer in Giddings. It was one of the days at lunch, and I asked her about her engagement ring and if she was really excited to get married. And she then proceeded to tell me that she wasn’t that excited because she was sleeping with a black guy named Rodney. I was, wow, Stacey, you need to be careful. In the ’90s, Bastrop, Texas, did not have many interracial couples. That was kind of an underlying racism that no one really talked about ’cause that’s just how it was back then. Stacey did say that she was worried about Jimmy and what he would do if he ever found out she was cheating on him. So she had told me that she was sleeping with Rodney, and it was about a month later that she was murdered. When I found out Stacey had died, my first thought was, did she get caught cheating? Okay, thank you for being here, and thank you for coming forward and talking about this. So you have no doubt that Stacey was in a relationship with Rodney? I have no doubt, she told me. And I was talking to her about her engagement ring. I asked her if she was excited about it, and she didn’t seem very excited. And she quickly followed that with, “Well, it’s because I’m sleeping “with a black guy named Rodney.” You and I are from Texas. And I love Texas, I love the people in Texas. I think they’re good people. But there’s a broad range of values and beliefs. Tell me about Giddings and Bastrop and that part of the state 20 years ago. I think back then, we didn’t really realize how racist it was because we were living in it. I grew up there from kindergarten through my senior year. before I moved out of Bastrop. And it was definitely, there weren’t many interracial couples at all. Back then, would there be a lot of judgment about something like this? Is that why? Definitely. Now, Stacey’s coworker’s affidavit, “There were several times that I would see Stacey “talking to a young black man inside the store. “She seemed happy to see him and would be in a good mood. “I recall that a few times that Stacey’s fiance “entered the store to visit her, “she would become a nervous wreck.” Then Stacey’s cousin. “In 1995, I remember seeing Stacey “coming out of the Dairy Queen with a black man. “Stacy and the black man got into a car “that Stacey was driving. “After Stacey’s death, I remember seeing a picture “of Rodney Reed on the news. “Rodney Reed was the same man I saw with Stacey “at the Dairy Queen.”