Ruben Cardenas Ramirez, 47, was put to death for raping and murdering his cousin, 16, two decades ago. Ramirez’ native Mexico said Texas officials had violated his rights.
Amid international outcry and claims of global treaty violations, Texas executed a Mexican national who claimed innocence in the rape and murder of his 16-year-old cousin 20 years ago, the Houston Chronicle reports. Ruben Cardenas Ramirez was pronounced dead at 10:26 p.m. Wednesday after telling his family in a written statement, “I will not and cannot apologize for someone else’s crime, but, I will be back for justice! You can count on that.” In the days before the 47-year-old’s death, Mexican officials decried an execution they said followed from flagrant disregard for international law. Amnesty International, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations all condemned the state’s use of its harshest punishment.
“I am extraordinarily disappointed with this outcome and at the same time overcome with pride at the efforts made by his lawyer, Maurie Levin, and her team of lawyers,” said Gregory Kuykendall, an Arizona attorney authorized to speak on behalf of Mexico. “And I’m equally proud of the Mexican government for so diligently pursuing every avenue of defense conceivable.” For the victim’s family, the outcome was a final relief. The slain teen’s sister – who witnessed her abduction 20 years earlier – declared “justice was finally served,” and reminisced over the murdered girl’s smile and loving nature. “This guy is guilty as sin,” said Hidalgo County prosecutor Ted Hake.