Kim Kardashian is doing more than just tweeting about an upcoming prison execution -- we've learned she's actually spoken with death row inmate Rodney Reed ... and is lobbying to set him free.
Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ ... Kim spoke with Reed from death row just last week to discuss his scheduled killing on November 20. We're told Kim believes there are new witnesses and evidence to exonerate Reed, and implicate the real killer.
Reed' brother, Rodrick, posted a thank you note to Kim Monday, saying, "I want you to know you are a major God-send to my family - more than you may ever fully realize in this lifetime. You are a blessing to all the families you advocate for. We're so glad you have publicly voiced that you also believe he is innocent."
Our sources say Kim's been working tirelessly behind the scenes to provide legal resources to Reed as he tries to get a stay of execution.
PLEASE @GovAbbott 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. I URGE YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING.
Reed was convicted for the murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, TX -- where cops initially said he'd raped, assaulted and strangled her to death. He's maintained his innocence for over 20 years now, and just recently ... a former inmate claimed to know the real murderer.
A guy named Arthur Snow filed a statement with the court alleging Stites' own fiance -- who served time for a different crime -- confessed to him while behind bars that he killed her for sleeping around. Snow says they were both part of the Aryan Brotherhood in prison. Stites' fiance has denied this.
There are other folks who've come forward in recent weeks on Reed's behalf, and there's been a rallying cry to get the case reopened -- which Kim has joined with time running out.