June 2, 2023 3:18 pm

A man accused of a Pasadena murder is now fighting for his personal life although behind bars in the Harris County Jail for the reason that of liver cirrhosis, his lawyer told KPRC two.

Eric Cano, 40, is indicted for murder and awaiting trial, accused of fatally shooting Rojelio Ramirez twice in the face in October 2020 following the males had been drinking and got in a fight, according to court documents.

But Cano spent the final month and a half in the hospital with a failing liver. He was discharged back to the jail earlier this week following medical doctors decided no added treatment options could assist him and gave him two weeks to reside, his lawyer Wade Smith stated.

“This man is fully and utterly bedridden,” Smith stated, adding that Cano has other organs failing and internal bleeding. “This man is certainly no security threat to any neighborhood. He cannot even get out of bed on his personal.”

Cano’s situation is so terrible that he couldn’t make it to the courtroom on Wednesday when his attorneys argued he ought to be released to die at household in hospice care.

Soon after he was arrested in Oct. 2020, Cano posted his original $250,000 bond and spent practically two years no cost although awaiting trial.

But final July, following his lawyer stated he showed up to all scheduled court appearances and had no bond violations, Judge Ramona Franklin quadrupled Cano’s bond to $1 million and brought him back into custody.

“The judge need to have taken a appear at the entirety of his criminal history and created a choice and judges have to make difficult choices,” Crime Stoppers victim solutions director Andy Kahan stated. “Mr. Ramirez’s loved ones, they will in no way ever see him.”

In Aug. 2020, the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association filed a complaint with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct against Franklin, alleging that Judge Franklin would “without notice, without the need of trigger, and in violation of the law and the defendant’s Constitutional rights, revoke their bonds on her personal motion with no new data whatsoever and order them remanded back into custody,” according to a copy of the complaint supplied to KPRC two.

Due to strict statutory confidentiality guidelines, the state commission would not confirm or deny that the complaint was filed, and would not comment on the benefits of any investigation without the need of the issuance of public discipline, executive director Jacqueline Habersham wrote in an e mail to KPRC two.

At Wednesday’s hearing in Cano’s, Smith asked Franklin to reinstate his initial bond, which has currently been posted, or to set a new bond that his loved ones could afford, each possibilities with the aim of obtaining him released.

But Smith stated Franklin denied these possibilities, alternatively suggesting he come up with a spot exactly where Cano can go and a strategy to be presented to her. That is an alternative Smith does not see as feasible.

“I really feel for that loved ones. It is difficult to drop a loved 1. Even so, that does not make what we’re undertaking right here, correct,” Smith stated. We wouldn’t even treat a dog like this. You wouldn’t take a dying dog and lock him in a cage.”

Cano’s murder trial is set for August, but Smith stated he does not think he’ll make it that lengthy.

Franklin’s workplace did not return a request for comment on Thursday evening.

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