Updated: Thursday, February 2, 2017  11:22 am EST

 

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to overturn the stay of execution granted by US District Judge Nelva Gonzales Romas for John Henry Ramirez.  Ramirez's current lawyer asked for the execution to be stayed in order to allow time to appoint a new lawyer, as Ramirez has said he no longer wants his current lawyer to represent him.  

 

Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2017  6:36 pm EST

 

US District Judge Nelva Gonzales Romas has ruled that the execution of John Henry Ramirez is to be stayed.  Ramirez's current lawyer asked for the execution to be stayed in order to allow time to appoint a new lawyer, as Ramirez has said he no longer wants his current lawyer to represent him.  Judge Romas stayed the execution saying that there was not enough time to give Ramirez's request serious consideration prior to his execution.  The Texas Attorney General's Office is appealing the stay to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

Updated: Monday, January 23, 2017  2:51 pm EST

 

John Henry Ramirez is scheduled to be executed on at 6 pm CST on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at the Wall Unit in the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Thirty-two-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 eight years on Texas’ death row.

 

John graduation from high school and worked as a kitchen laborer prior to 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 in order 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.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Pablo Castro.  Pleas 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 prior to the execution.  Please pray that John may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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