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In the first of two scheduled executions in 48 hours, Texas executed 41-year-old Ramon Hernandez. Hernandez was sentenced to death for the 2001 slaying of Rosa Maria Rosado, a 37-year-old single mother.
Hernandez was a registered sex offender who was on parole from an 18-year term when Rosado was abducted from a bus stop in San Antonio. It was his girlfriend who let to his arrest, when, 5 days after Rosado’s disappearance, she met with police and showed them to the body, as well as the motel room where Rosado was killed. Hernandez and his friend Santos Minjares were arrested for the killing.
Hernandez initially denied any knowledge of the crime, but eventually he told police he and Minjares had pulled up to Rosado at the bus stop and tried to snatch her purse. When she refused to let go, Minjares pulled her into the car and they sped off. She was later taken to a motel room and raped and eventually killed.
The shovel used to bury Rosado in a shallow grave was discovered and used to tie Hernandez to the crime. Both he and Minjares were convicted of the murder and sentenced to death. Minjares died in January on death row of septic shock and organ failure.
Hernandez, who has also been linked to the strangling of two cousins from San Antonio in 1994, declined to speak with the media in the days leading up to his execution.
Hernandez’s attorney, Robin Norris, requested that his sentence be commuted to live without parole, arguing Hernandez was there but was not the one that raped or killed Rosado. Norris said Hernandez was afraid of Minjarez and was also having withdrawal symptoms from the medication he was taking to treat anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. Norris said Hernandez’s anxiety stemmed from watching his father get shot in front of him.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review Hernadez’s case last month and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied his clemency request.
“I’m not at this point expecting any further judicial proceedings,” Norris told the Associated Press.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas executes Ramon Hernandez for 2001 slaying of woman abducted from San Antonio bus stop.
— Chris Walker (@WalkerATX) November 15, 2012
Hernandez was pronounced dead at 6:38 p.m. in Huntsville, 26 minutes after the injection procedure began.
According to The Associated Press, Hernandez told a family member he was “sorry for putting you through all this” after a warden asked if he wanted to make a final statement. “Tell everybody I love them,” he said.
“I’m very sorry for all the pain,” he said as he glanced at the victim’s family members. Hernandez then told the other death row prisoners to “keep fighting; don’t give up.”
Hernandez was the state’s 14th execution this year. Another execution is set for Thursday in Texas, when the state plans to execute Preston Hughes.
RT @mmondo: Ramon Hernandez was executed tonight in Huntsville. Pronounced dead at 6:38 pm in Huntsville. He apologized “for everything”
— mySA (@mySA) November 15, 2012