HUNTSVILLE (April 9, 2014) Ramiro Hernandez-Llanas, 44, a Mexican national who was convicted of beating a former Baylor University professor to death and attacking the victim’s wife, was executed just after 6 p.m. Wednesday in Huntsville.
Hernandez-Llanas had exhausted his appeals and the Texas parole board refused to commute his prison sentence to life.
The execution was the second in a week in Texas using a new supply of pentobarbital.
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Texas prison officials' decision to withhold the identity of the new drug provider.
Hernandez-Llanas was a convicted murderer who escaped from a Mexican prison and was in the U.S. illegally when he was arrested in connection with the slaying of Glen Lich, 49, in 1997.
Lich had given him a construction job at his Westland Ranch south of Kerrville just 10 days before the murder.
Hernandez-Llanas was accused of luring Lich from the house on Oct. 14, 1997, on the pretense of a problem with a generator, beating him to death with a piece of steel rebar, and then later returning to tie up the victim’s wife, Lera Lich-Tyler, telling her he had abducted her husband.
He threatened her with a knife, demanded $15,000 and said he would kill her daughter and elderly mother if she didn’t comply with his demands.
She escaped after Hernandez-Llanas fell asleep.
Lich, whose body was found about 60 yards from the house, received about 10 blunt force injuries to the head, according to an autopsy report.
Robbery was apparent motive, authorities said.
Lich joined the Baylor faculty as director of the regional studies program in 1987 after teaching at Schreiner University in Kerrville, according to a report in the school’s student newspaper, The Lariat.
He taught at Baylor for three years and then joined the faculty of the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba Canada.
At the time of his death, he was executive director of the Hill Country Institute consulting firm.