Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced this month that Ramon Escobar, who admitted to killing his aunt and uncle in Houston and five others in California, will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
“This man was a monster who killed strangers and members of his own family without a second thought,” Ogg said. “He choked unsuspecting people to death and bludgeoned others with heavy objects, sometimes while they slept. His callous actions showed that he never cared about anyone else.”
Escobar pleaded guilty to killing his uncle, Rogelio Escobar, and aunt, Dina Escobar, in a crime spree that began Aug. 26, 2018.
Escobar first beat his uncle to death with a police baton because he felt disrespected. His uncle was letting him live at his home on Prudence Drive in southwest Houston.
Later, Dina Escobar went looking for Rogelio Escobar in her van. Ramon Escobar hid under a pile of clothes and tried to strangle his aunt with the police baton. After a struggle, Ramon Escobar pressed his knee to Dina Escobar's chest until she stopped breathing.
Police found her van burned out on a beach near Galveston, Texas. Both relatives' remains were found in a landfill. After police interviewed Ramon Escobar about his uncle's disappearance, he left for Santa Monica, California.
Police arrested Ramon Escobar in connection to the deaths of four homeless men a month later. Escobar then told detectives about all of the killings.
On Friday, Escobar appeared via Zoom from Los Angeles County to accept a plea deal. Escobar admitted he was "very guilty" when asked about a plea in his aunt's death.
“He was brutal,” Harris County Assistant District Attorney Robert Buss said. “The families wanted to see him go away.”