Representative Major Cases
Byron Carter, Jr. Deadly Use-of-Force Case
The family of Byron Carter, Jr. sued an Austin Police Officer alleging that the officer used excessive force when he shot and killed Byron Carter, Jr. After a jury trial that extended over parts of two weeks, a federal jury sided with the Austin Police officer and found the shooting to be justified. The verdict took just over 3 hours.
Gregory Steen Murder Trial
Gregory Steen was charged with the murder of a man in Travis County. After a week-long jury trial, the state jury found Mr. Steen “not guilty.” Steen was charged with the crime largely based on the testimony of his girlfriend. After being cross-examined by Mr. Icenhauer-Ramirez, the woman’s testimony was largely destroyed. “It was the lack of credibility of the primary witness,” the jury foreman told the Austin American-Statesman.
The Yogurt Shop Capital Murder Case
Mr. Icenhauer-Ramirez represented one of the four young men charged with quadruple capital murder, in a nationally publicized case known as the Yogurt Shop Murder Case. After two weeks of hearings during which the defense struck at the heart of the prosecution’s theory of the case, Mr. Icenhauer-Ramirez’s client was the only one of the four men accused in the case to be released on personal bond. He was never indicted despite two co-defendants being convicted in the case.
Arthur Martinez Deadly Use-of-Force Case
The family of Arthur Martinez sued an Austin Police Officer alleging that the officer used excessive force when he shot and killed Arthur Martinez. Robert Icenhauer-Ramirez represented the Austin Police Officer. Just days before a state jury trial was to begin, the family dropped the Austin Police Officer from the lawsuit and proceeded to trial against the City of Austin.
Rudy Guzman Murder Trial
Rudy Guzman was charged with the murder of a man in Travis County. There were five eyewitnesses that the prosecution relied on at trial. All five were cross-examined vigorously and weaknesses in their testimony exposed. After a week-long jury trial, the state jury found Mr. Guzman “not guilty.”
Mercado v. Austin Police Department
Connie Mercado filed a lawsuit against the Austin Police Department alleging discrimination based on Title VII violations. The case was filed and tried in federal court in Austin, Texas. After winning the case in the trial court, the Plaintiff appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Icenhauer-Ramirez represented the Austin Police Department on appeal as well. The Fifth Circuit commented on the cross-examination of Mr. Mercado at trial, writing that “in sum, the evidence garnered on cross-examination from Mercado herself was so damaging that, after she left the stand, virtually no later witness could have helped her establish a prima facie case.” Mercado v. Austin Police Department, 754 F.2d 1266, at 1267 (5th Cir. – 1985).