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Scheduled Execution 08/31/2016

Last Name First Name Ruiz Rolando

TDCJ Number 999145

Date of Birth 07/04/1972

Race H

Date Received 05/04/1995

County Bexar

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Update: Monday, August 22, 2016 2:52 pm EDT

 

Rolando Ruiz, Jr., is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Forty-three-year-old Rolando is convicted of murdering 29-year-old Theresa Rodriguez on July 14, 1992, in San Antonio, Texas. Rolando has spent the last 23 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

As a child, Rolando was allegedly abused, which led him to be addicted to drugs and alcohol. Rolando also claims that because of his excessive use of drugs and alcohol, he has difficulty distinguishing between fantasy and reality. Rolando dropped out of school following the 10th grade. He worked as a laborer prior to his arrest. Rolando has previously been arrested and served time for assaulting his ex-girlfriend and stealing her vehicle. While in prison, he assaulted a jailer.

 

In 1992, Rolando Ruiz was hired by Michael and Mark Rodriguez to kill Michael’s wife, Theresa. Michael agreed to pay Ruiz $1,000 up front, with an additional $1,000 being paid once the job was completed. Prior to the hiring of Ruiz, Michael took out a $150,000 life insurance policy on his wife and himself, in addition to the $250,000 policy he already had. Scissors-32x32.pnghttp://www.theforgivenessfoundation.org/index.php/scheduled-executions/3651-texas-reschedules-execution-of-rolando-ruiz-from-july-27-2016-to-august-31-2016

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