FROM STAFF AND SUBMITTED REPORTS
A Hays County jury will begin considering the fate on Tuesday of a 28-year-old Driftwood resident found guilty this week of fatally shooting his landlord and then threatening to kill his victim’s elderly mother and teenage daughter.
Louis Antonio Ramos Jr. faces up to to life in prison after his conviction on Monday of one count of murder, a first-degree felony, and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony. Ramos was arrested June 5, 2014, a day after prosecutors say he shot 48-year-old Johnny Lee Saxon outside his home on Todo Lane in the Rolling Oaks subdivision near Driftwood.
On June 4, Ramos assaulted his then-girlfriend during an altercation at a neighborhood pool and became incensed later that day when Saxon sheltered the woman and her children in his home, Hays County District Wes Mau said this evening in a statement released by the county’s spokesperson. Ramos fought first with Rick Clark, a mutual friend, before retrieving a firearm from his own nearby trailer as Saxon and others begged him to leave; Ramos intended to shoot Clark but shot Saxon instead before pointing the gun at Saxon’s 75-year-old mother and 13-year-old daughter, Mau said.
Ramos was arrested the morning of June 5 in the area of Mount Sharp Road and Coleman’s Canyon north of Woodcreek and Wimberley following a manhunt by state and local law enforcement officials. He has been held at the Hays County jail after being treated at an area hospital for a gunshot wound to his knee.
207th State District Judge Jack Robison presided over the trial, which began Oct. 19 with jury selection, court records state. According to court records, the case was prosecuted primarily by assistant district attorney Ben Moore, the office’s felony division chief; Ramos was represented by Matthew Nichols of Austin, his court-appointed attorney.