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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: September 5, 1998
Date of arrest: 8 days after
Date of birth: June 10, 1977
Victim profile: An 85-year old Hispanic female
Method of murder: Beating with blows from fist and steel toe shoes
Location: Cameron County, Texas, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on May 14, 1999
Name TDCJ Number Date of Birth
Gutierrez, Ruben 999308 06/10/1977
Date Received Age (when Received) Education Level
05/14/1999 21 8
Date of Offense Age (at the Offense) County
09/05/1998 21 Cameron
Race Gender Hair Color
Hispanic Male Black
Height Weight Eye Color
5' 10" 155 Brown
Native County Native State Prior Occupation
Lee Florida fork lift operator, laborer
Prior Prison Record
Summary of incident

On 09/05/98 in Brownsville, Gutierrez and co-defendants, Rene Garcia and Pedro Gracia Garza, Jr., fatally injured an 85-year old Hispanic female in her home.

The victim was the owner of a mobile home park. The victim was in her mobile home, which she also used as an office at the time of the offense.

Gutierrez and his co-defendants entered into the victim's office with the intent to rob the victim of money she kept in a safe.

Upon entering into the office, the victim was struck one time in the head, with the intent of knocking the victim out. When the victim struggled, she was repeatedly struck in the head multiple times with blows from fist and steel toe shoes. The victim was also stabbed multiple times in the head with a screwdriver.

Autopsy reports indicate that multiple head bashing resulted in broken cheekbones and damage to the brain, resulting in death.

The subject and the codefendant fled the victim's reasoned with a minimum of $56,000.

Garcia, Rene;

Garza, Pedro

Race and Gender of Victim
Hispanic female

Ruben Gutierrez on death row.



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