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Starr County DA fined over 2022 indictment against woman charged with murder for 'self-induced abortion'

1 month 2 weeks 1 day ago Thursday, February 29 2024 Feb 29, 2024 February 29, 2024 8:01 PM February 29, 2024 in News - Local
Starr County District Attorney Gocha Allen Ramirez. KRGV file photo.

Starr County District Attorney Gocha Allen Ramirez was fined last month in connection with a 2022 indictment against a woman who was charged with murder after authorities said she had a “self-induced abortion.”

Ramirez was fined $1,250 and had his law license held in probated suspension, according to a filing with the State Bar of Texas dated Jan. 25.

In a Thursday phone call with Channel 5 News, Ramirez called the original indictment a “mistake,” adding that the suspension will allow him to continue practicing law.

“We continue to do the good work we’ve been doing, obviously with the exception of this mistake, it doesn’t change my standing with the law,” Ramirez said. “Basically, we’ll just continue to do the work that we’re tasked with, which is to protect the community.”

As previously reported, Lizelle Herrera was arrested on April 8, 2022, and indicted on a charge of murder after authorities said she had a “self-induced abortion.”

Herrera was jailed on a $500,000 bond, but had her charge dismissed two days later.

READ MORE: Starr County district attorney to dismiss indictment against woman charged with murder for 'self-induced abortion'

At the time of the dismissal, Ramirez said “it is clear that Ms. Herrera cannot and should not be prosecuted for the allegation against her.”

The January filing with the State Bar said an investigatory hearing found that Ramirez committed “professional misconduct” by allowing the indictment to go forward despite the charge “known not to be supported by probably cause.”

In his Thursday phone call, Ramirez said his office apologized to Herrera after her murder charge was dismissed. 

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