June 26, 2017
A man sentenced to death for the 1991 kidnapping, rape and murder of a Houston woman is to be re-sentenced Tuesday to life in prison due to a federal court ruling that he can’t be executed because he is intellectually disabled.
Robert James Campbell, who was on parole at the time of the crimes, will be back in a Harris County courtroom for a hearing in state district court.
He will face the family of Alexandra Rendon, a 20-year-old bank teller who was abducted from a gas station near her home.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said her office will protest all of Campbell’s future parole hearings to remind officials of the brutality of his crime.
“In unison with his victims and their families, we will do everything we can to see that he serves every second of his life sentence,” Ogg said.
Israel Santana, who is Rendon’s cousin and a spokesman for her family, said he hopes Campbell stays in prison for the remainder of his life.
“We are devastated by him being transferred off Death Row, but we do recognize the law is the law,” Santana said. “If anybody ever deserved a death sentence, it would be Robert Campbell.”
Campbell was convicted by a Harris County jury of capital murder and sentenced to death by lethal injection. Because of the option of life without parole was not available in 1991, he will be resentenced to life in prison.