SAN ANTONIO – After a stay of execution was granted earlier this week, Ramiro Gonzales’ case will now return to a Medina County Magistrate’s Court.
Gonzales is on death row for the 2001 kidnapping, rape and murder of 18-year-old Bridget Townsend of Bandera County.
A federal court judge ruled last week in favor of Gonzales’ spiritual advisor putting a hand to his heart during the execution. His lawyers also asked for a reprieve to allow him to donate a kidney.
On Monday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled on a writ of habeas corpus and said Gonzales’ sentence should be reviewed after it found testimony from a forensic psychologist was false.
In 2006, Dr. Edward Gripon testified that Gonzales would likely commit sexual assault again and pose a future danger to the public.
Gripon has since re-interviewed Gonzales and changed his assessment, saying his sentence should be changed to life in prison.
The Texas Attorney General’s office may appeal the latest decision, but from now on the case will be sent to Medina County.
A hearing will be held at a later date and that’s when Gonzales’ sentence will be reviewed and a decision will be made whether he remains on death row or gets life in prison without release. conditional.
As for the possibility of donating a kidney, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected this request.
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