Noel Wilkerson Holmes
This morning at the Atascosa County Courthouse, Jenevieve Ramos pleaded guilty to a charge of capital murder and will spend the rest of her life in prison with the possibility of parole. Ramos was accused of driving the getaway car for Shaun Ruiz Puente when he shot and killed Officer Bobby Deckard. Senior Judge Donna Rayes presided.
In December of 2013, San Antonio Officer Robert “Bobby” Deckard was in pursuit, along with countless other law enforcement officers, to apprehend Puente and Ramos who were suspects in armed robberies of convenience stores in San Antonio. The chase entered Atascosa County. As Deckard caught up with the fleeing vehicle, Puente began firing through the back glass of the vehicle. Officer Deckard was struck by one of the bullets and died 13 days later in a San Antonio hospital.
Puente was found guilty in Atascosa County in April 2018 for Deckard’s murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. The 81st District Attorney Audrey Louis had sought the death penalty for Puente but the jury was deadlocked and was unable to reach a verdict to determine if Puente should receive the death penalty or life without the possibility of parole. In Texas, to receive the death penalty, a jury must reach a unanimous verdict. The District Attorney’s Office strongly believed the death penalty was appropriate for the killing of Officer Deckard, and Puente’s extensive, violent, criminal past. The case was prosecuted by 81st District Attorney Audrey Louis, Assistant DA Marc Ledet, and Texas Assistant Attorney General William Turner.
Officer Deckard’s uncle, Fred Williams, shared a glimpse into Bobby Deckard’s life. He grew up on the southeast side of San Antonio. He was cared for by his uncles and grew up as a “normal kid,” active in sports. He played baseball and soccer and excelled in high school.
After graduation, he began a search for what he wanted to become. He worked briefly as a welder, worked on a golf course, took some courses at Texas A&M. But none of these were “his gig.”
The family was shocked, his uncle related, when he chose to go into law enforcement. He studied the Bexar County Jail System and then enrolled in classes to become a police officer. He graduated as an officer in 2006.
The family released this statement with the SAPD after Puente’s trial, who shared it with the Express.
“First, we would like to thank the prosecution team for their diligent work throughout this entire process. We also would like to thank all of the employees and deputies of the Atascosa County Courthouse for their hospitality and professionalism. We are eternally grateful for all of the unwavering support from the San Antonio Police Department, family and friends, and the San Antonio community over the past four plus years. Today, we feel that justice was served. The way in which our beloved Bobby was taken from us will always be a burden on our hearts, but we take greater comfort in the way he lived his life. Bobby had a passion for helping people. Please help us continue honoring his memory by also helping others in need.”
-Family of Officer Bobby Deckard #582
He is survived by his wife and two children. He had always been “a great father” his uncle related.
SAPD Officer Robert Deckard