- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - In a story April 15 about Texas death row inmate Ruben Ramirez Cardenas losing an appeal, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Mayra Laguna, whom he was convicted of killing, was abducted from her home in Edinburg. Her body was found near Edinburg, but her home was in nearby McAllen.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Mexican national on Texas death row loses federal appeal

A Mexican national on Texas death row for the rape-slaying of his 16-year-old cousin in the Rio Grande Valley nearly two decades ago has lost a federal court appeal, moving him a step closer to execution

HOUSTON (AP) - A Mexican national on Texas death row for the rape-slaying of his 16-year-old cousin in the Rio Grande Valley nearly two decades ago has lost a federal court appeal, moving him a step closer to execution.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments from 46-year-old Ruben Ramirez Cardenas that authorities in Hidalgo County failed to notify him of his rights under an international treaty that he could contact Mexican consulate officials after he was arrested for the 1997 killing of Mayra Laguna.

The appeals court said Thursday he has no individual rights under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations because the Supreme Court hasn’t shown the treaty is enforceable.

Records show Cardenas slipped through a window at the girl’s McAllen home, abducted her, then raped and killed her.


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