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Eric Ramos, right, at the defense table during his first-degree murder trial in Johnson County in August, before a mistrial was declared. Ramos is charged with killing fellow inmate, Michael Galindo, after a housing unit at the Tecumseh State Prison was taken over on March 2, 2017. 

LINCOLN — Eric Ramos, accused of killing a fellow inmate during a prison riot in 2017, will face a new trial in a new location following a mistrial this summer.

Ramos is accused in the murder of Michael Galindo, who was found dead after inmates refused to return to their cells, set fires and took control of a housing unit at the Tecumseh State Prison on March 2, 2017.

Shortly after a jury began hearing testimony in August, a mistrial was declared. A judge ruled that a witness at the trial, a Nebraska State Patrol investigator, had violated a court order banning witnesses from talking about the case after the trial began.

Since then, the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office indicated that it would retry Ramos. A motion was approved to move the trial from its original location in Johnson County, where the Tecumseh prison is situated, to Saline County, about 50 miles away. A trial date of Jan. 3 was set by District Judge Vicky Johnson.

During the past 3½ years, the Tecumseh prison has been the site of two fiery riots that left four inmates dead, including Galindo. Ramos is the first inmate to be tried in connection with the deaths.

Galindo, who was serving 12 to 24 years for robbery and other convictions, was attacked about 90 minutes after prison staff abandoned their posts in the housing unit. He was stabbed 130 times by fellow inmates before the unit was retaken by a prison riot-response team.

Galindo’s family has filed a federal lawsuit, alleging that prison officials were negligent. A trial date has not been set.

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