A person accused of a Pasadena homicide is now preventing for his personal life whereas behind bars within the Harris County Jail due to liver cirrhosis, his lawyer advised KPRC 2.
Eric Cano, 40, is indicted for homicide and awaiting trial, accused of fatally taking pictures Rojelio Ramirez twice within the face in October 2020 after the boys had been ingesting and obtained in a struggle, in accordance with court docket paperwork.
However Cano spent the final month and a half within the hospital with a failing liver. He was discharged again to the jail earlier this week after medical doctors determined no extra remedies might assist him and gave him two weeks to reside, his lawyer Wade Smith mentioned.
“This man is totally and totally bedridden,” Smith mentioned, including that Cano has different organs failing and inner bleeding. “This man is clearly no security risk to any group. He can’t even get off the bed on his personal.”
Cano’s situation is so unhealthy that he couldn’t make it to the courtroom on Wednesday when his attorneys argued he ought to be launched to die at dwelling in hospice care.
After he was arrested in Oct. 2020, Cano posted his unique $250,000 bond and spent almost two years free whereas awaiting trial.
However final July, after his lawyer mentioned he confirmed as much as all scheduled court docket appearances and had no bond violations, Decide Ramona Franklin quadrupled Cano’s bond to $1 million and introduced him again into custody.
“The decide should have taken a have a look at the whole thing of his prison historical past and decided and judges need to make powerful selections,” Crime Stoppers sufferer providers director Andy Kahan mentioned. “Mr. Ramirez’s household, they may by no means ever see him.”
In Aug. 2020, the Harris County Prison Legal professionals Affiliation filed a grievance with the State Fee on Judicial Conduct in opposition to Franklin, alleging that Decide Franklin would “with out discover, with out trigger, and in violation of the legislation and the defendant’s Constitutional rights, revoke their bonds on her personal movement with no new info in any respect and get them organized remanded again into custody,” in accordance with a replica of the grievance supplied to KPRC 2.
Because of strict statutory confidentiality guidelines, the state fee wouldn’t verify or deny that the grievance was filed, and wouldn’t touch upon the outcomes of any investigation with out the issuance of public self-discipline, govt director Jacqueline Habersham wrote in an electronic mail to KPRC 2.
At Wednesday’s listening to in Cano’s, Smith requested Franklin to reinstate his preliminary bond, which has already been posted, or to set a brand new bond that his household might afford, each choices with the aim of getting him launched.
However Smith mentioned Franklin denied these choices, as an alternative suggesting he provide you with a spot the place Cano can go and a plan to be introduced to her. That’s an choice Smith doesn’t see as possible.
“I really feel for that household. It’s powerful to lose a cherished one. Nonetheless, that doesn’t make what we’re doing right here, proper,” Smith mentioned. “We wouldn’t even deal with a canine like this. You wouldn’t take a dying canine and lock him in a cage.”
Cano’s homicide trial is ready for August, however Smith mentioned he doesn’t imagine he’ll make it that lengthy.
Franklin’s workplace didn’t return a request for touch upon Thursday night time.
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