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Death Row Information

Offender Information

Picture of Offender Name Dennes, Reinaldo
TDCJ Number 999248
Date of Birth 2/9/56
Date Received 12/18/97
Age (when Received) 41
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 12 years
Date of Offense 1/24/96
  Age (at the time of Offense) 39
  County Harris
  Race Hispanic
  Gender Male
  Hair Color Brown
  Height 5-6
  Weight 169
  Eye Color Brown
  Native County Havana
  Native State Cuba

Prior Occupation
Jewelry Designer

Prior Prison Record

Summary of Incident
On 1/24/1996, Dennes murdered an Hispanic male during an elaborate robbery scheme. In planning the robbery, Dennes and his brother had set up an office in the same building as the victim in order to learn its layout and the location of surveillance cameras. They employed a maid to leave a back door open to the building on the day of the robbery. The victim was shot to death as he sat at his desk inside his office in downtown Houston. His office safe was emptied of $4.25 million in loose diamonds and gems along with more than $250,000 in cash. After killing the victim and cleaning out the safe, Dennes disguised himself with a baseball cap and fake mustache and went to the first floor with the intention of removing the surveillance videotape that had recorded he and his brother's entry to the building. There he was confronted by an unarmed security guard who was shot twice and left for dead. Dennes took the tape from the surveillance camera and fled. Dennes was arrested after a gunsmith who fashioned a silencer for the 9mm pistol Dennes used in the robbery went to police. The wounded security guard recovered to identify Dennes as the gunman as well.

Jose Albert Dennes
Francisco Rojos
Estrella De Jesus-Martinez

Race and Gender of Victim
Other male