COALITION BEHIND BERNARDO ABAN TERCERO ASKS FOR JUSTICE TO D.A. DEVON ANDERSON
Harris County Criminal Justice court
1201 Franklin St Houston Texas 77002.
Monday, August 24th, 2015 - 10 am
(Across the street from the main entrance of the court)
Further to latest filings from Bernardo Tercero's lawyers as well as the IACHR conclusions that the USA violated his fundamental rights, a coalition of human rights organisations, friends and religious supporters will call on the Attorney General Devon Anderson to ask for a stay of execution so that a proper review of the new findings from very recent investigations can happen.
In particular, crucial testimonies were never heard by the jury at trial, including testimonies from medical expert A. Llorente about the history of serious mental health issues of Bernardo Tercero including a history of significant and severed altered mental status including delusions (persecutory type) consistent with a profound delusional disorder and psychosis.
Furthermore, evidence shows that these disorders, as well as more complex diagnosis (e.g. psychosis) have been already noted and and are supported by the records from his current penal institution.
Currently, M. Tercero believes he is followed by shadows, experiences visual and auditory hallucinations and exhibits paranoia.
Expert M. Llorente has also explained that "individuals with such intellectual profiles (...) frequently exhibit poor judgment and are easily manipulated by others" and "this is not inconsistent with his verbal report in relation to who was responsible for the planning of the event that led to the robbery leading to the unfortunate shooting of M. Berger".
Finally, a wide variety of witnesses never heard at trial have given factual testimonies of M. Tercero's actions during the hurricane Mitch, which, if heard directly by jurors, may have swayed their mind.
Net, It is reasonable to think that an impartial, fair minded observer would think that if only presented at trial, such information could have convinced at least one juror to vote for a life sentence rather than death.