Murder Suspect Exonerated From Double Murder Charges

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

Forty-six-year-old Rafael Resendez-Ramirez is scheduled to die in a Texas prison next week.

But not for the 1991 double-murder, investigators once believed him to be tied with.

Investigators first believed Resendez-Ramirez to be tied to the murders, due to his involvement in the Freight Train Riders of America, a gang of people who rode trains, committed murders, and then got back on the train and left town.

Resendez-Ramirez was serving time in the Marianna federal prison back in 1991 for non-violent crimes.

And right around the time of his release, is when Teresa Hall, and her five-year-old daughter, Tiffany, were killed in their home, less than 50-yards away from a railroad switch yard.

"So we started looking at that, it was one of the first things we looked at the beginning, train riders; in fact we stopped trains that very day and searched them,” says Jackson County Chief Deputy Major John Dennis.

But Resendez-Ramirez never was even questioned in connection with the murders, his lawyers denied any face-to-face contact.

And new finger print evidence shows Resendez-Ramirez is not connected with the Jackson County murders.

This leaves doors open to other suspects in the case.

"We work on this case daily. It's not something we put on the backburner, we work on it regularly. We do receive leads, we work with the lab, we re-work the evidence, we re-interview people, and of course we're looking for any evidence that might come up to solve this case."

Enough evidence to bring justice to the mother and daughter victims.

If you have any information regarding this case, you can call Crimestoppers at 526-5000.


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