State of Texas Executes Ramiro Hernandez Llanas

On April 9, 2014, the State of Texas executed Ramiro Hernandez Llanas for the 1997 murder of his employer, Kerr County ranch owner Glen Lich, and sexual assault of Lich’s wife in 1997.  It was the sixth execution to take place in Texas this year and the second involving a Mexican national.

The Government of Mexico strongly condemned Hernandez Llanas’ execution, arguing that it took place in violation of an International Court of Justice ruling from 2004.  That case found that Texas and other states had not advised some 50 Mexican nationals on death row of their right to contact their consular offices upon arrest.  That right is stipulated by the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to which the United States is a party.

Hernandez Llanas was the second person to be executed with a new supply of pentobarbital obtained secretly by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Texas accounts for 6 of the 16 executions carried out to date.

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