John Ramirez, Texas
Updated: Monday, September 26, 2022
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-eight-year-old John is convicted of the murder of 45-year-old Pablo Castro on July 19, 2004, in Corpus Christi, Texas. John has spent the last 13 years on Texas’ death row.
John graduated from high school and worked as a kitchen laborer before his arrest. He had previously been arrested for robbery, evading arrest, possession of marijuana, and 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 rob someone to obtain money for more drugs. After driving around, the group pulled into the Times Market in Corpus Christi, where they found Pablo Castro taking out the trash. Ramirez attacked Castro, stabbing him a total of 29 times with a six-inch serrated knife. After Castro fell to the ground, the group searched his pockets and stole a total of $1.25. The trio left and went on to commit another robbery, and attempted a third robbery.
Rodriguez and Chavez were apprehended soon after, while Ramirez was apprehended on February 20, 2008, near the Mexican border. Ramirez was sentenced to death on December 8, 2008.
This is not Ramirez’s first execution date. He was scheduled to be executed in 2017, however, his execution was stayed due to a request for a new lawyer. He was again scheduled to be executed in 2020. That execution was stayed by the Supreme Court of the United States due to concerns that his religious freedoms were being violated.
Ramirez has filed a request with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to halt his execution. Nueces County District Attorney Mark A. Gonzalez has announced that he is ethically opposed to all executions and is seeking to have Ramirez’s execution warrant withdrawn, as the setting of the execution was an oversight. A judge has perviously ruled against the request from the district attorney, however, he is appealing that decision. On Thursday, September 22, 2022, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals refused to halt the execution.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Pablo Castro. Pray for strength for the family of John Ramirez. Please 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 before the execution. Please pray that John may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
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