John Ramirez Granted Stay of Execution in Texas

John Ramirez, Texas

Updated: Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The Supreme Court of the United States has granted John Ramirez a stay of execution.  The court ordered that “the case [is] to be argued in October or November 2021.”

Updated: Wednesday, September 8, 2021

John Ramirez has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of the United States.  He is seeking to halt his execution.  He is arguing that his right to freely practice his religion is being violated, as Texas will not permit his pastor to touch him while in the execution chamber.

Updated: Monday, September 6, 2021

John Ramirez

John Henry Ramirez is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm local on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at the Wall Unit in the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Thirty-seven-year-old John is convicted of murdering 45-year-old Pablo Castro on July 19, 2004, in Corpus Christi, Texas.  John has spent the last 12 years on Texas’ death row.

John graduated from high school and worked as a kitchen laborer. He had previously been arrested for robbery, evading arrest, and possession of marijuana.  John has also been arrested for unlawful carrying of a weapon.

John Ramirez, Angela Rodriguez, and Christina Chavez spent several days using drugs in mid July 2004. On July 19, the three agreed to carry out a robbery so they could buy more drugs. After driving around, the group pulled into the Times Market in Corpus Christi. Pablo Castro was taking out the trash. Ramirez attacked Pablo, stabbing him 29 times with a six-inch serrated knife. After Pablo fell to the ground, the group stole $1.25. The trio left and went on to commit another robbery.  They also attempted a third robbery.

Rodriguez and Chavez were apprehended soon after. Ramirez was apprehended on February 20, 2008, near the Mexican border. Ramirez was sentenced to death on December 8, 2008.

This is not the first execution date for Ramirez.  He was previously scheduled to be executed in 2017.  It was stayed due to a request for a new lawyer. His execution was rescheduled for September 9, 2020.  That execution was also ordered to be stayed.  Ramirez was again seeking to have his execution stayed.  He argued that his right to freely practice his religion was being violated, as Ramirez wanted to have his pastor touch him during his final minutes.  Texas state law permits a spiritual advisor to be in the execution chamber, however they may not touch the inmate.  The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected Ramirez’s request.

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Pablo Castro. Please pray for strength for the family of John Ramirez. Pray that if John is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to the execution. Pray that John may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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