The arrest and since-dropped murder charge against a 26-year-old woman stoked widespread outrage and confusion.
By Caroline Kitchener, Beth Reinhard and Alice Crites
April 13, 2022
Calixtro Villarreal’s phone rang Saturday afternoon, about 48 hours after his client, Lizelle Herrera, was arrested and charged with murder — over what local authorities alleged was a “self-induced abortion.”
It was Gocha Ramirez, the district attorney in Starr County, Tex., a remote area on the border with Mexico. Herrera should never have been charged, Ramirez told the lawyer, according to a person familiar with the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private interactions.