Texas death row inmate asks Texas Governor Abbott to delay execution to donate kidney
Texas death row inmate asks governor to delay his execution by 30 days to donate a kidney before his execution ‘to atone for his crimes’
- Ramiro Gonzales, 39, has asked Gov. Greg Abbott for a 30-day delay so that he can donate his kidney
- Gonzales has Type B blood, an extremely rare blood type the organ recipients wait for years to receive
- Judith Frith of Washington state has been waiting four years for a compatible kidney
- She wrote to Abbott pleading for him to allow the convicted killer and rapist to be allowed to donate
- The Texas Board of Pardons and Parole denied a request for a 180-day reprieve
- Gonzales killed Bridget Gonzales, the 18-year-old girlfriend of his drug dealer, after tying her hand and feet and raping her
- Anti-death penalty advocates say this is not an attempt to delay his execution
- He recently won a case that would require his spiritual advisor to be at his side during his execution
- Gonzales is scheduled to be put to death on July 13 unless Abbott intervenes
- The governor has not responded to the death row prisoner’s request
A Texas death row inmate has asked the governor for a 30-day reprieve so that he can donate a kidney before his execution ‘to atone for his crimes,’ according to his lawyers.
Ramiro Gonzales, 39, who was convicted in 2006 in the rape and murder of 18-year-old Bridget Townsend sent a letter to Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott on June 29 asking that his death be delayed for one month so that he can give his organ to either of two ‘preliminarily compatible’ recipients, according to CNN.
He is scheduled to be put to death on July 13.
Ramiro Gonzales, 39, wants to donate his kidney before his scheduled execution on July 13
Bridget Townsend, pictured here, was the 18-year-old girlfriend of Gonzales’ drug dealer. He kidnapped, bound and raped her before shooting her dead and burying her
One is a cancer survivor in Washington state who has spent four years on dialysis and has the same blood type as the convicted killer, according to the letter.
‘Whether or not Mr. Gonzales could donate to me, I cannot emphasize enough what a precious gift you would be giving someone if you allowed Mr. Gonzales the opportunity to donate his kidney,’ recipient Judith Frith wrote in a note shared with the cable news outlet.
Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to an email sent by MailOnline requesting comment.
Gonzales was denied a 180-day reprieve and pardon from the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles denied the inmate’s request for a six-month delay to give his organ to a member of a Jewish congregation in Maryland.
The Department of Criminal Justice shot down the kidney gift because it would create an ‘uncertain timeline, there possibly interfering with the court-ordered execution date,’ CNN reported.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, pictured, here has not responded to a request to intervene and allow death row inmate Ramiro Gonzales to donate an organ
‘Nothing in the Board’s disappointing decision today precludes the Governor from exercising this power to unilaterally grant a 30-day reprieve to allow this process to move forward,’ Gonzales’ lawyers, Thea Posel and Raoul Schonemann, said in a statement.
‘It is our understanding that even this temporary reprieve would be enough to save the life of at least one person in dire need of this life-preserving procedure.’
Cantor Michael Zoosman, the founder of L’chaim! Jews Against the Death Penalty, who has been corresponding with the inmate, said that the state should allow the act of kindness.
‘He still wants to save a life,’ Zoosman said. ‘And Texas is denying him that.’
Gonzales, who his lawyers say suffered from sexual abuse as a child and drug addiction’ kidnapped Townsend in 2001 from her boyfriend’s house where he had gone to steal drugs.
He bound her hands and feet and then sexually assaulted her before shooting her and then burying her in a ditch.
He confessed to the crime in 2003 while sitting in a county jail on an unrelated crime and lead investigators to the decomposing body.
Gonzales has ‘never made excuses for what he’d done,’ Zoosman said.
‘It was something he wanted to do to make expiation for the life he had taken,’ the cantor said.
Because Gonzales’ blood type B is extremely rare, most donor patients have been waiting for years for a compatible organ.
‘You have the ability to save that person’s life by allowing Mr. Gonzales to donate,’ Frith wrote to Abbott.
This isn’t the only gambit Gonzales has going to delay his execution.
He sued to have his spiritual advisor put his hand on his chest and hold his hand while they pray during his execution.
A federal judge ruled that Texas may not put him to death until that happens.