Baldree Murder Suspects Captured - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/25/05

Baldree Murder Suspects Captured

Source: Lubbock Police Dept. Source: Lubbock Police Dept.

29-year-old Russell Baldree died when he was shot while riding his motorcycle one night in early August. An $11,000 reward was offered for any information about Baldree's death.

Finally, police received a tip from Crime Line that resulted in the arrests of two murder suspects Tuesday afternoon. Now those two men are in jail facing murder charges, possibly even capital murder charges which could result in the death penalty if found guilty.

Lubbock Police arrested 26-year-old Michael Castro Rodriguez and Hale Center authorities along with the Texas Rangers arrested 19-year-old Michael Anthony Chavez in Hale Center. "We have enough evidence to charge two individuals with the crime. They were arrested without incident," said Thomas Esparza, Lubbock Assistant Chief of Police.

Baldree was gunned down while riding his motorcycle on 50th Street and Indiana Avenue on August 2, 2004. Police initially thought Baldree died as a result of his crash, but an autopsy would later reveal a gunshot wound.

Baldree's family was not able to comment on the arrest of Rodriguez and Chavez, but when NewsChannel 11 asked if the two suspects knew Baldree, "Really right now, we're not at liberty to say," said Esparza.

Friends and Co-Workers Remember Russell Baldree
Russell Baldree worked as a Surgical Technician at Lubbock Heart Hospital since its opening last year. His close friends and co-workers describe him as a hard-worker who could always bring a smile to their faces

Police would not say too much on how these two men are linked to the Baldree murder, just that they feel the right people are in custody.

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