Posted Thursday, January 30th 2014 @ 4am by Jim Forsyth
The man and woman charged with killing San Antonio Police Officer Robert Deckard have been indicted on capital murder charges, which carry the possibility of the death penalty, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Prosecutors in Atascosa County say it doesn't matter whether it was Shawn Ruiz Puente, 32, or Jenevieve Ramos, 28, who fired the shot that killed Deckard during a wild three county police chase on an early Sunday morning in December, but both are equally guilty in Deckard's death.
Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed says Atascosa County D.A. Rene Pena has designated her to be co-counsel for the prosecutrion, and she says officials are determined to bring the pair to trial.
"I have spoken with the District Attorney in Atascosa County," Reed told 1200 WOAI news. "He is hoping to push this to a fall trial."
Deckard was among a group of police officers who engaged in a high speed chase of the car the pair were driving after they were identified as the suspects in several armed robberies in San Antonio. Deckard was shot through the front windshield of his patrol car and died three weeks later. The pair was arrested following a massive foot and helicopter chase.
Reed says the decision on whether to seek the death penalty for Ramos and Puente is still up in the air.
"That will be at the discretion of the Atascosa County District Attorney," she said.
And the problems the pair is facing don't end there. They are also facing possible indictments in Wilson County in connection with the attempted murder of a Poth Police Officer. R.J. Sanchez was also shot at by Deckard during the chase.
Even if the death penalty is not sought, the pair faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.