Ramiro Gonzales executed in Texas case centered on ‘future dangerousness’

After several attempts by his supporters to highlight what they described as a transformation behind bars, Ramiro Gonzales was executed Wednesday by Texas authorities. His time of death was 6:50 p.m. local time, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The Texas Parole and Pardon Board voted unanimously Monday to deny Gonzales’ request for clemency in a case that highlighted a controversial aspect of the state’s capital punishment system, which requires juries to consider the “future dangerousness” of an accused to society. Lawyers for Gonzales, who killed a woman in 2001, argued that their client did not meet the criteria and was “in fact actively contributing to prison society in exceptional ways.”

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