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Death Row Information

Offender Information

Picture of Offender Name Cardenas, Ruben Ramirez
TDCJ Number 999275
Date of Birth 04/07/1970
Date Received 07/29/1998
Age (when Received) 28
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 11
Date of Offense 02/22/1997
  Age (at the time of Offense) 26
  County Hidalgo
  Race Hispanic
  Gender Male
  Hair Color Black
  Height 5' 6"
  Weight 204
  Eye Color Brown
  Native County Guanajuato
  Native State Mexico

Prior Occupation
Laborer

Prior Prison Record
None

Summary of Incident
On 02/22/97, in Edinburg, Cardenas and a co-defendant committed the offense of capital murder against a 16-year old Hispanic female. Cardenas entered the victim's residence through a window, tied her up with duct tape, then put her in a vehicle with the co-defendant and drove to a remote location. Cardenas raped the victim, beat her severely with his fists, and strangled her, causing her death. Cardenas dumped her body into a nearby canal.

Co-Defendants
Castillo, Tony

Race and Gender of Victim
Hispanic female