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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Revenge
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: February 29/March 2, 2004
Date of birth: December 20, 1983
Victims profile: Sandra Ramos, 29 / Luke Scott, 32 (his former employer)
Method of murder: Suffocation - Shooting
Location: Bexar County, Texas, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on October 27, 2005
TDCJ Number
Date of Birth
Espada, Noah 999503 12/20/1983
Date Received
Age (when Received)
Education Level
10/27/2005 21 12
Date of Offense
Age (at the Offense)
03/18/2004 20 Bexar
Hair Color
Hispanic Male Black
Eye Color
5' 08'' 145 Brown
Native County
Native State
Prior Occupation
Bexar Texas Laborer
Prior Prison Record
Summary of incident

On 03/18/2004 in Bexar County, Espada entered the residence of his former employer, a thirty two year old white male, and waited for him to return home.  When the victim returned home, Espada shot him multiple times, resulting in his death.

Race and Gender of Victim
White Male

Noah Espada – Latino, age 20

Sentenced to death in Bexar County, Texas 

By:  A jury

Date of Crime:  2/29/2004 & 3/2/2004

Prosecution’s case/defense response:  Espada was angry after being fired from his nightclub job and planned to kill his former boss, Luke Scott.  Espada attempted to break into Scott’s apartment, but broke into the wrong apartment and suffocated Sandra Ramos.  Three days later, Espada broke into Scott’s apartment and waited for Scott to come home.  After Scott walked into the apartment, Espada shot him multiple times.

Prosecutor(s):  Kevin O’Connel

Defense lawyer(s):  Jeff Scott, Richard Langlois


Noah Espada death sentence affirmed

San Antonio, Texas: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the death sentence issued against Noah Espada for the 2004 double murder of Sandra Ramos and Luther Scott. The murders occurred as part of Espada’s plot to kill Scott in revenge for Espada’s firing from Polly Esthers nightclub.

On February 14, 2004, Noah Espada, at the time 20 years old, was fired from his job as a "barback" at the nightclub. Approximately two weeks later, Espada broke into an apartment at the Altamonte Apartments believing it to be the apartment of Luther Scott, the General Manager of Polly Esthers, with the intent to kill him. Upon entering the apartment, he discovered Sandra Ramos who was the true occupant of the apartment. After talking to Ramos for nearly half an hour, Espada killed her to prevent her from disrupting his plan to kill Scott. A few days later, on March 2, 2004, Espada returned to the apartment complex, broke into Scott's apartment, and waited for him to return from work. When Scott came home, Espada shot him to death.

The case was tried before the 379th District Court Judge Bert Richardson and after a jury trial and punishment hearing the jury returned a death sentence on August 17, 2005.


Jury Sentences Espada To Death

Defendant: 'I Hate Myself'

Thursday, August 18, 2005

SAN ANTONIOA Bexar County jury on Thursday night sentenced a man to die by lethal injection for the deaths of his former supervisor and a woman.

Jurors deliberated for 6˝ hours before deciding that capital punishment was appropriate punishment for Noah Espada, who was found guilty last week of killing Luke Scott and Sandra Ramos.

Scott was Espada's former boss at Polly Esther's, a River Walk night club. Prosecutors contend that Espada shot and killed Scott out of revenge after Scott fired him.

Ramos, a neighbor of Scott's, was bound and suffocated after Espada mistakenly broke into her apartment, thinking it was Scott's.

Espada sat motionless when the judge read the jury's decision, but the defendant broke down in tears when he addressed the court.

"No matter what happens, I'll never forget what I did," Espada said. "As a matter of fact, I hate myself the same way that you all hate me."

The families of both victims said that although Espada deserved the death penalty, the punishment does little to ease their pain.

"We're here because of the decisions that you made," Alisha Scott-Aboud, Scott's mother, said to Espada during a victim's impact statement. "And the decisions that you made for my son's life, and for Sandra's life."

"My daughter is gone and will never come back," Julio Ramos, the father of Sandra Ramos, said to reporters after the sentencing. "Perhaps, I may see her again."

The families of the two victims joined together to grieve following the sentencing.


Testimony begins in 2 slayings at apartment complex

San Antonio Express-News

August 16, 2005

Moments before he was ambushed and gunned down in his own apartment, Luke Scott called out for his cat.

What happened next, according to prosecutors, and described in a policec onfession, was a slaying that some say is as cold-blooded as they come.

Noah Espada, 21, is on trial, charged with capital murder and facing a possible death sentence in 2 separate slayings in late February and early March of 2004.

Luther Scott, who went by the nickname Luke, was 30 and flying high as the general manager of Polly Esther's Dance Plex  one of the River Walk's trendiest nightclubs.

Sandra Ramos, 29, had recently quit her job as a bartender at a North Side saloon and was about to move to Missouri for another career opportunity.

The only connection between the 2 - before Espada's arrest in their slayings - was that they lived in the Altamonte Apartments, north of San Antonio International Airport.

"Luke is dead because he fired a guy from a $2.50-an-hour job. Sandra Ramos is dead because she was collateral damage," lead prosecutor Kevin O'Connell concluded in his opening statement to jurors in 379th District Court.

Prosecutors contend Espada plotted to kill Scott and that Ramos was slain after the defendant mistakenly broke into her apartment thinking it was Scott's.

3 days later, he returned to finish what he started, they allege.

Defense attorneys Jeff Scott and Richard Langlois chose not to give an opening statement.

Jeff Scott said last week the case is not about Espada's guilt or innocence, but whether he deserves the death penalty.

The trial, before Judge Bert Richardson, got under way Wednesday after a rocky start. One of the original 12 jurors was excused Monday because of a death in the family, and prosecutors and defense attorneys had to take an extra day Tuesday to choose a replacement juror.

Detective Liz Greiner, lead investigator on the case for the San Antonio Police Department, took the witness stand and recounted to jurors how the leads were developed that ultimately led to Espada's arrest on March 18, 2004, at his girlfriend's apartment near the South Texas Medical Center.

She testified that the case was broken wide open after a tip led to the discovery of Luke Scott's flashy black sports car, which was stolen after he was shot to death around 4:25 a.m. March 2 in Altamonte's Unit 807. The car was discovered in a garage at the home of one of the defendant's ex-girlfriends.

Although the slayings appeared unrelated at first, Greiner described her suspicions that Espada also was responsible for the suffocation death of Ramos, 3 days earlier, in apartment No. 1216.

She said Espada ultimately admitted to another detective he committed that murder.

Then Greiner was asked to read the 5-page confession she took from Espada.

In the confession, Espada described how Luke Scott unfairly treated him and disciplined him at the nightclub, where he worked as a bartender's helper. He told of plotting Scott's death after being fired Feb. 13. He related how he broke into Scott's 2nd-floor apartment through the balcony door and lay in wait in the bedroom with Scott's cat. Scott's relatives said the cat was named Kiki.

Then Greiner's voice started shaking as she got to the part where Espada described what happened when Scott entered his apartment after a long night at the club.

"Luke came in and called his cat," Espada stated in the confession. "My heart was pounding. I could not back out, now.

"As soon as Luke was in front of me, I fired 1 shot. ... Luke ran into the hallway and I fired again and he fell to the floor. Luke sat up facing the door. I was standing behind him then and I fired once into his head."

Espada went on to say he took Scott's car keys, a watch and his gym bag before fleeing the scene in the victim's car.



Noah Espada


Noah Espada



Espada shot and killed Luther "Luke" Scott out of revenge after Scott fired him.



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