execution Mexican National

State of Texas executes Robert Moreno Ramos

Tonight at 9:36 PM, the State of Texas put Robert Moreno Ramos to death.  His execution was delayed by several hours while the U.S. Supreme Court considered his request for a stay. Ramos spent more than 25 years on death row.

Earlier in the day, three retired judges from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals filed an amicus brief supporting efforts to halt the execution.

According to a press released issued by his attorney:

No one who represented Mr. Moreno Ramos from the moment of his arrest all the way through trial, state post-conviction and federal habeas ever contacted a single potential mitigation witness. Not a single minute of investigative time was expended in development of mitigation at any stage of the case. No evidence in support of a life sentence had ever been submitted by any lawyer at any stage. No argument for a life sentence was made by any lawyer at any stage in any setting whatsoever.

Read more from the Texas Tribune.

Ramos is the 11th person to be executed by the State of Texas this year.  There are two executions scheduled in December.