Ricardo Ortiz


Age: 46

high-ranking Texas prison gang member who was condemned to death for the retaliation killing of fellow inmate 22-year-old Gerardo Garcia by injecting him with a fatal overdose of heroin to prevent Garcia from testifying against him regarding a series of unsolved bank robberies the pair were suspected of committing in El Paso, Texas in 1997, who had a long criminal history that included a string of violent robberies, burglary, and possession of deadly weapons in prison including a homemade spear used to stab another fellow inmate, but who was never tried for the 1990 execution-style slayings of two Houston-area parolees.

Cause of Death: Executed by lethal injection

Born: October 5, 1962

Died: January 28, 2009

Huntsville, Texas