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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Rape
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: 1997 / 1999
Date of birth: October 5, 1969
Victims profile: Glen H. Lich, 49 / A female jailer
Method of murder: Beating with a metal bar / Stabbing with homemade knife
Location: Bandera County, Texas, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on February 11, 2000

Name TDCJ Number Date of Birth
Hernandez, Ramiro 999342 10/05/1969
Date Received Age (when Received) Education Level
02/11/2000 30 4
Date of Offense Age (at the Offense) County
10/15/1997 28 Bandera
Race Gender Hair Color
Hispanic Male Black
Height Weight Eye Color
5' 2" 190 Brown
Native County Native State Prior Occupation
Tamaulipas (Mexico) n/a Laborer
Prior Prison Record

#850261 4-year sentence for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (while in jail awaiting trial for current offense of Capital Murder) Hernandez stabbed a white female jailer during a cell transfer, causing her death.

Summary of incident

On 10/15/1997, during the nighttime, in Kerrville, Texas, Hernandez was working as a hired hand for a 49-year old white male.

Hernandez broke into the victim's residence and beat the him to death with a metal bar.

Hernandez then tied up the victim's wife and raped her repeatedly.

Race and Gender of Victim
 white male and hispanic female


Death sentence appeal continues

Kerrville Daily Times

October 18, 2006

Attorneys will continue the fight this morning to appeal Ramiro Hernandez's death sentence.

The 37-year-old Mexican national was convicted 6 years ago of murdering former Schreiner College professor Glen H. Lich in 1997 at his South Kerr County ranch.

2 psychologists testified before Judge Steve Ables that they believe Hernandez is mentally retarded, a condition which could give him a reprieve from the capital murder death sentence handed down in the 216th District Court in 2000.

A 2002 Supreme Court decision ruled that the death sentence is cruel and unusual punishment for a mentally retarded person.

Dr. Antonio Puerto, a psychologist and professor at the University of North Carolina- Wilmington, told the court he has evaluated Hernandez during several visits during the past 3 years.

"I feel, having known him as a child, I have a fairly good understanding of who this person is," Puerto said. Part of his information is based on interviews with Hernandez and several of his siblings.

Puerto and Hernandez's sister, both testified Tuesday that Hernandez was beaten, sometimes severely, by his mother.

"He's at the bottom in the United States, and hes at the bottom of the dump in Mexico. How low can you go?" Puerto said.

Supporting his position that Hernandez is mildly retarded, Puerto said in psychological tests he carried out, the defendant achieved only a second-grade to third-grade reading level.

Under cross-examination from District Attorney Bruce Curry, Puerto testified that protracted drug use could influence the results of psychological tests. This echoed earlier testimony from psychologist Gilbert Martinez of San Antonio.

Puerto testified that Hernandez told him he used drugs before he was put in prison in Mexico, at age 20, for his part in a murder. Hernandez escaped from the Mexican prison and came to the United States.

Curry asked the psychologists if Hernandez could be faking his test performances.

"If he faked me out, I need to close the book and go home," Puerto said. "I feel confident if there was some problem there it would have been evident."

The hearing will resume this morning in Kerr County Courthouse.