The 35-year-old man accused of shooting a pregnant teenager, killing her and the unborn child he had fathered, was released from custody by immigration agents about one month prior to impregnating the victim for the second time.
Armando Garcia-Ramires, 35, faces two charges of capital murder in connection with Monday’s shooting and remains in the Bexar County Jail on a $2 million bond.
ICE agents first arrested Garcia-Ramires, who is originally from Mexico, on Jan. 19, 2011, through the criminal alien program of San Antonio, according to Nina Pruneda, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Garcia-Ramires was brought before a judge and taken into ICE custody, Pruneda said in a written statement. He later posted bond and was released on Feb. 7, 2011.
ICE agents arrested him again on April 3, 2016, and an immigration judge granted him bond on May 11. He was again released from custody.
Police have said Jennifer Delgado, the 15-year-old victim, was nine months pregnant when she was shot multiple times in the head Monday at an apartment in the 1100 block of Babcock Road.
Police confirmed earlier this week that Garcia-Ramires was the father of Delgado’s unborn child and her 1-year-old boy, who was unharmed in the incident.
Based on the timeline provided by police, Garcia-Ramires apparently impregnated Delgado sometime around June 2016, the month after he was released from custody for the second time.
On Tuesday, ICE placed an immigration detainer on Garcia-Ramires following his release from University Hospital, where he received treatment for injuries sustained during a failed suicide attempt near the apartment complex where Delgado was killed.
It is unclear when or how Garcia-Ramires first came to the San Antonio area, but he has never been removed from the U.S. since his arrival, according to Pruneda.