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Death Row Information

Offender Information

Picture of Offender Name Ortiz, Ricardo
TDCJ Number 999320
Date of Birth 10/05/1962
Date Received 06/24/1999
Age (when Received) 36
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 11
Date of Offense 08/18/1997
  Age (at the time of Offense) 34
  County El Paso
  Race Hispanic
  Gender Male
  Hair Color Brown
  Height 6' 2"
  Weight 209
  Eye Color Brown
  Native County El Paso
  Native State Texas

Prior Occupation

Prior Prison Record
TDCJ-ID #335838, 8 year sentence, El Paso County, 1 count of Robbery; #363689, 15 year sentence, El Paso County, 1 count of Burglary of a Vehicle, 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery; 9/20/88, Brazoria County, new conviction of 5 years cumulative for 1 count of Deadly Weapon in Penal Institution; 01/05/90 released on Parole to El Paso County in protest of TDCJ-ID Administration; 11/19/92 returned to TDCJ-ID as Parole Violator from El Paso County without new conviction; 08/26/96 Mandatory Supervision release to El Paso County

Summary of Incident
On 08/17/97, while confined in El Paso, Texas, the subject and 2 other inmates were cooking heroin. The subject made a triple dose of heroin and injected it into the victim, a 22-year old Hispanic male. The victim died of an overdose of heroin. The victim was found when officers did a count in the cellblock.


Race and Gender of Victim
Hispanic male