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Child sex killer will be executed after failed attempt to milk his own bad childhood for sympathy
A child sex killer who raped and murdered a 16 year-old girl will be executed after an unsuccessful attempt to milk his own abusive childhood for sympathy. Ramiro Rubi Ibarra will, 66, be executed on March 4 2021 for the March 1987 murder of Maria De La Paz Zuniga in March 2021.
Ibarra faces execution after 34 years on death row in Texas after the US Supreme Court last week declined to hear his appeal against his death penalty.
Afterwards, Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th District Court green-lighted prosecutors’ latest request for the killer to to be executed, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.
In 2012, Ibarra unsuccessfully fought to have his death sentence commuted to life behind bars after claiming his defense attorneys should have flagged up the abuse he’d suffered at the hands of his father as a child during his 1997 murder trial.
Ibarra, who also has a conviction for sexually assaulting his nephew. raped and murdered Maria with a yellow electrical cord while the youngster babysat two young nephews. Maria’s body was found by her brother Francisco as he picked her up to take her shopping.
She was bloodied and bruised, with the youngsters dress pulled up over her face and her underwear ripped off by her assailant, according to the Texas Tribune. DNA evidence identified Ibarra – an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was 32 a the time – as the killer.
Shockingly, Ibarra managed to evade justice for nine years after an improper arrest warrant was used to gather evidence against him. That saw him remain free until 1996, when he was re-arrested.
Ibarra’s lawyer Russ Hunt Jr said the killer wanted to continue to try and appeal his execution with the dwindling avenues left open to him.
Hunt said: ‘Of course we are very disappointed that as of this point we have not been able to get him relief through the appellate process.’
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