USA: Texas court blocks execution

Index Number: AMR 51/5864/2022

On 11 July 2022, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (TCCA) stayed the execution for Ramiro Gonzales 48 hours before it was due to be carried out in Texas. He was sentenced to death in 2006 for a murder committed in 2001, when he was just over 18 years old and emerging from a childhood of neglect and abuse. The TCCA remanded the case to the trial court for review of the claim that the prosecution’s expert gave false testimony at the trial when testifying about Ramiro Gonzales’ “future dangerousness”, a jury’s finding of which is a prerequisite for a death sentence in Texas.

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