Execution Date Set for Death Row Inmate in 1997 Murder of Teenage Girl

AUSTIN, Texas - On February 22, 1997, Ruben Cardenas and co-defendant Tony Castillo, committed capital murder against a 16-year-old Hispanic female.

Cardenas entered the victim's residence through a window, tied her up with duct tape, then put her in a vehicle with the Castillo and drove to a remote location in Edinurg, Texas.

Cardenas raped the victim, beat her severely with his fists, and strangled her, causing her death. Cardenas dumped her body into a nearby canal.

Cardenas was sentenced to death row on July 29, 1998. Now the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has given the execution date for Cardenas. He will be executed on November 8, 2017.


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