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Jacksonville man sentenced to 50 years for murder of ex-girlfriend

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Jose Diaz Perez was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder of ex-girlfriend Martha Caselin Ramirez (Source: Cherokee County Sheriff) Jose Diaz Perez was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder of ex-girlfriend Martha Caselin Ramirez (Source: Cherokee County Sheriff)
CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A jury found Jose Diaz Perez, 51 of Jacksonville, guilty of murder on Tuesday, sentencing him to 50 years in prison.

The Cherokee County's District Attorney's office says Perez and the victim, Martha Caselin Ramirez, were dating up until two weeks before her murder, when she left him due to his excessive drinking and his controlling behavior.

The testimony stated that Perez went to Rameriz's home on the day of the incident, firing his 9 mm semi-automatic pistol at the woman while she sat in his truck, just after 1 a.m. Rameriz was hit twice in the chest, one bullet piercing her heart, lung, and kidney. After hearing the gunshots, her son Daniel, went to the door of the home to look for his mother.  Statements and testimony by Perez revealed that he drove through Jacksonville to land he owned off of CR 4201, where he dumped Ramirez’s body, along with her clothing and personal effects.

When asked by Cherokee County Sheriff Office Detective, Gina Battley, if Ramirez was still breathing when he dumped her on his property, he replied, “I don’t know. I really don’t.” Perez also gave detectives several statements trying to blame the victim for the murder, claiming she attacked him first, also claiming she practiced witchcraft on him. Both statements he admitted were lies while testifying.

Perez's ex-wife, Barbara Ward, told the court that she left Perez in January 1986 because he was controlling and treated her children poorly. She also said that Perez later visited her at her parent's home, where he shot her in the jaw, right shoulder, and right arm when she refused to return to him. Perez claimed that he was shooting beside her because she yelled at him and that, "I guess she just ran into the bullets…I emptied the gun out so most likely she ran into the bullets.”

In her closing statements of the six day trial, District Attorney Rachel L. Patton said, “To the defendant, Martha Ramirez became disposable, no longer human once she rejected him. He didn't care that he was ripping her out of the lives of her children and grandchildren.”

D.A. Patton noted, “The jury did care and rejected Jose Perez’s absurd attempts to deceive everyone by finding him guilty of Murder within 35 minutes and handing down a 50 year sentence. This sends a strong message that domestic violence will not be tolerated and victims’ voices will be heard.” D.A. Patton was assisted by Deborah D. Dictson, Assistant District Attorney.

The trial was heard before Judge Bascom Bentley III, and Jacksonville defense attorney Chris Day represented Perez.

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