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September 22 2019

STOP THE EXECUTION – SAVE THE LIFE OF RUBEN GUTIERREZ

URGENT APPEAL TO SAVE RUBEN GUTIERREZ, SCHEDULED TO BE EXECUTED ON OCTOBER 30 2019

YOU CAN USE THE FORM HERE. SIGN AND SUBMIT IT from the web site of www.santegidio.org

sentenced to death:
RUBEN GUTIERREZ
execution date:
October 30 2019
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 His own story

On September 5, 1998, in Brownsville (Texas), Ruben and two other men broke into the mobile home of Escolastica Harrison, an elderly Hispanic woman, for robbery. The victim, caught by surprise, was repeatedly hit with a cutting weapon, which caused her death. The loot amounted to around $ 56,000.

From the outset, Ruben admitted to having participated in the robbery, but he has always declared that he was not the material author of the murder. However, his accomplice René Garcia, later sentenced to life imprisonment, accused him and Ruben he was sentenced to death,  

For years Ruben has continued to claim to be innocent, stressing the absolute lack of evidence and repeatedly asking - without being heard - to be tested for DNA, to prove his innocence.

An execution date had already been fixed on 18 September 2019, but was suspended by a Federal judge, who ascertained the total incompetence of the defence lawyer (publicly admitted by the interested party) to deal with death sentences.  Today, Ruben is 42 years old and has corresponded for some time with pen pals from the Community of Sant Egidio.

 

 
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