Four Texas women convicted of sexually assaulting two girls in 1994 could soon be cleared as the evidence 'wouldn't stand today'

  • Four San Antonio women were convicted of sexually assaulting two girls in 1994
  • Three still in prison, one on parole
  • Bexar County prosecutor Rico Valdez believes testimonies were faulty 
  • All women could be cleared

By Daily Mail Reporter and Associated Press Reporter

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Four San Antonio women convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls in 1994 could soon be cleared.

Bexar County prosecutor Rico Valdez said he and an attorney for the 'San Antonio 4' agree that a key expert witness' testimony is now discredited.

A judge is scheduled to review findings of fact on Monday that will be sent to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

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Elizabeth Ramirez was sentenced to 37.5 years
Cassandra 'Cassie' Rivera was sentenced to 15 years

Convicted: Elizabeth Ramirez (left) was sentenced to 37.5 years while Cassandra 'Cassie' Rivera (right) was given 15 years

Anna Vasquez and her girlfriend, Cassandra Rivera, along with their friends Kristie Mayhugh and Elizabeth Ramirez, were accused of sexually assaulting Ramirez's two nieces, who were then seven and nine, according to sanantonio.com.

The girls claimed the women called them into an apartment in which they were getting drunk and smoking pot and held them by their wrists and ankles.

 

They said the women repeatedly violated them and threatened to kill them and their families before releasing them. 

The graphic allegations sparked talk the women participated in a Satanic ritual.

The women, all lesbians, were convicted in 1998 based on an expert's testimony that vaginal injuries sustained by the nine-year-old girl could have been caused by an assault.

Kristie Mayhugh was sentenced to 15 years
Anna Vasquez was released on parole last year

Wrongfully convicted? Kristie Mayhugh (left) was sentenced to 15 years while Anna Vasquez (right) was released on parole last year

Ramirez, who was tried first, was sentenced to 37.5 years while Rivera and Mayhugh each received 15 years.

Vasquez was also sentenced to 15 years, but was released on parole last year after serving 12 years.

The youngest accuser, Stephanie Martinez (nee Limon), now 25, recanted her statement publicly on August 4, 2012.

Prosecutor Valdez and the women's attorney, Mike Ware, agree the testimony wouldn't stand today.

Elizabeth Ramirez, right, 38, and Cassandra Rivera, 37, in the Hobby Unit in Marlin, TX

Elizabeth Ramirez, right, 38, and Cassandra Rivera, 37, in the Hobby Unit in Marlin, TX

Accuser Stephanie Martinez (nee Limon) recanted on August 4, 2012

Accuser Stephanie Martinez (nee Limon) recanted on August 4, 2012


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Backwards society

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Nobody is forcing you to live in Australia.

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I wonder if their sexuality had anything to do with their sentencing. If the case warrants a review, review it, especially in the light of the recanting by the victim. Let's hope, one way or another, justice is done.

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i'm sorry for them because they are Wild in fact they are animal

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How many innocent people are languishing in American jails?

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The number of innocents in jail is probably much lower than the number of guilty walking the streets. It is a human driven justice system with human errors, human motivations and human injustice. I suppose we could have someone write a computer program that would find verdicts based on the probability of guilt, but I doubt it would be any more accurate. The American justice system is no more flawed than any other. But, if you come up with a better one, the world is listening and waiting.

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the percent of the jail population is probably about the same as Great Britain

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Evidence what has that got to do with justice in Texas.

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I strongly suspect that if the convicted had been male there would be absolutely no possibility that the case would be reviewed.

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If it had been a male he would not had gotten 37 yrs.

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OMG

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We saw a slew of such stupid convictions all through America at the time. Bizarre run-away left wing prosecutors coincided with gullible conservative idiots to fabricate very destructive and false allegations about all sorts of care takers. The prosecutors are still running around.

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Why we need the death penalty. Too many people are getting released, it would not happen if we quickly killed them like many folks seem to want.

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Like the satire.

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Angus it seems to have been missed by many

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I can't imagine being locked up for so long. Hope is a good thing.

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