Re-trial of Tecumseh prison inmate accused of murder is delayed

January 4, 2019

The re-trial of a man accused of killing a fellow inmate, Michael Galindo, during a 2017 uprising at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution has been delayed.

Eric Ramos’ first trial, in August, ended in a mistrial after a meeting between a Nebraska State Patrol investigator and prison staff witnesses.

Johnson County District Judge Vicky Johnson agreed to change the venue to Saline County District Court in Wilber because of media coverage of the first trial and originally set a new trial date for Jan. 3.

She later continued that until she rules on a defense motion, seeking to bar the state from re-trying Ramos, alleging it would be a double-jeopardy violation.

On March 2, 2017, prison staff found Galindo and another inmate, Damon Fitzgerald, dead at the hands of inmates after a disturbance, sparked by staff’s discovery of 29 gallons of alcohol in inmate cells.

The state alleges Ramos, 37, was one of several inmates who kicked, beat and stabbed Galindo.

Ramos, so far, is the only person charged with murder, based largely on prison staff piecing together surveillance video, which they say tracks back to him being one of Galindo’s attackers. But the Nebraska Attorney General’s office has said it expects to charge others involved.

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