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Pasadena murder suspect with quickly deteriorating overall health will not get out of jail to die at dwelling, judge guidelines

ByEditor

May 26, 2023

A man accused of a Pasadena murder is now fighting for his personal life even though behind bars in the Harris County Jail since of liver cirrhosis, his lawyer told KPRC two.

Eric Cano, 40, is indicted for murder and awaiting trial, accused of fatally shooting Rojelio Ramirez twice in the face in October 2020 just after the guys had been drinking and got in a fight, according to court documents.

But Cano spent the final month and a half in the hospital with a failing liver. He was discharged back to the jail earlier this week just after medical doctors decided no further treatment options could support him and gave him two weeks to reside, his lawyer Wade Smith mentioned.

“This man is entirely and utterly bedridden,” Smith mentioned, adding that Cano has other organs failing and internal bleeding. “This man is definitely no security threat to any neighborhood. He can not even get out of bed on his personal.”

Cano’s situation is so poor that he couldn’t make it to the courtroom on Wednesday when his attorneys argued he ought to be released to die at dwelling in hospice care.

Immediately after he was arrested in Oct. 2020, Cano posted his original $250,000 bond and spent almost two years totally free even though awaiting trial.

But final July, just after his lawyer mentioned he showed up to all scheduled court appearances and had no bond violations, Judge Ramona Franklin quadrupled Cano’s bond to $1 million and brought him back into custody.

“The judge need to have taken a appear at the entirety of his criminal history and created a choice and judges have to make challenging choices,” Crime Stoppers victim solutions director Andy Kahan mentioned. “Mr. Ramirez’s household, they will never ever ever see him.”

In Aug. 2020, the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association filed a complaint with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct against Franklin, alleging that Judge Franklin would “without notice, devoid of trigger, and in violation of the law and the defendant’s Constitutional rights, revoke their bonds on her personal motion with no new information and facts whatsoever and order them remanded back into custody,” according to a copy of the complaint offered to KPRC two.

Due to strict statutory confidentiality guidelines, the state commission would not confirm or deny that the complaint was filed, and would not comment on the benefits of any investigation devoid of the issuance of public discipline, executive director Jacqueline Habersham wrote in an e-mail to KPRC two.

At Wednesday’s hearing in Cano’s, Smith asked Franklin to reinstate his initial bond, which has currently been posted, or to set a new bond that his household could afford, each choices with the aim of finding him released.

But Smith mentioned Franklin denied these choices, as an alternative suggesting he come up with a spot exactly where Cano can go and a program to be presented to her. That is an solution Smith does not see as feasible.

“I really feel for that household. It is challenging to drop a loved 1. On the other hand, that does not make what we’re performing right here, proper,” Smith mentioned. We wouldn’t even treat a dog like this. You wouldn’t take a dying dog and lock him in a cage.”

Cano’s murder trial is set for August, but Smith mentioned he does not think he’ll make it that extended.

Franklin’s workplace did not return a request for comment on Thursday evening.

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