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Janesville homicide suspect jailed on cash bond

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Ted Sullivan
May 13, 2011
— The Janesville man facing homicide charges in a double fatal crash has a history of missing court and was released from jail in January, a Rock County prosecutor said Thursday.

“He has not made one single voluntary appearance,” Assistant District Attorney Kate Buker said.


Omar Tavizon Ramos, 21, of Janesville was ordered held in the Rock County Jail on a $126,250 cash bond after appearing in Rock County Court on Thursday.


He appeared in court via closed-circuit video from the jail, staring toward his lap the entire hearing without looking into the camera.


Ramos faces two felony charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one felony charge of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle.


He also faces misdemeanor charges of causing property damage by driving while suspended, driving without insurance, driving while suspended, causing injury by driving while suspended and drunken driving.


Ramos is accused of killing Jeffery S. Bauer, 19, of Janesville and his grandmother, Margaret Worden, 61, of Janesville after a crash Easter morning at Racine Street and Center Avenue, according to the criminal complaint.


Ramos told police he had been drinking tequila before the crash, according to the complaint.


He later told police he had three or four beers, according to the complaint.


Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center staff members told police Ramos’ blood-alcohol concentration was 0.24, according to the complaint.


Ramos later was taken to University Hospital in Madison for leg injuries, police said, and he left the hospital in a wheelchair Monday before officers could take him into custody.


Ramos was arrested Wednesday in Janesville, police said.


Buker said Ramos failed to appear in court for several prior misdemeanor cases. She said he was released from jail on a signature bond Jan. 11 after an arrest for domestic disorderly conduct.


She said Ramos didn’t appear in court after his release.


“It is clear that he is determined not to appear voluntarily,” Buker said.


Assistant State Public Defender Donald Weeden said Ramos wasn’t required to appear in court for his previous misdemeanor cases.


He said Janesville police chose not to guard Ramos at the hospital. He said Ramos was not arrested or charged with a crime when he walked away.


“There were no charges,” Weeden said. “There was no arrest.”


Buker disagreed, saying Ramos was arrested at University Hospital. Charges were filed Wednesday.


Ramos is scheduled to appear in court May 19.



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