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Rosendo Rodriguez scheduled to be executed today

Rosendo Rodriguez III (Source: TDCJ) Rosendo Rodriguez III (Source: TDCJ)
Remembering Summer Baldwin, murdered in 2005 by Rosendo Rodriguez III (Source: Family members) Remembering Summer Baldwin, murdered in 2005 by Rosendo Rodriguez III (Source: Family members)
Rodriguez admitted to killing Joanna Rogers, who was killed in 2004. Her body was found in 2006 in a suitcase in the landfill.  (Source: KCBD Video) Rodriguez admitted to killing Joanna Rogers, who was killed in 2004. Her body was found in 2006 in a suitcase in the landfill. (Source: KCBD Video)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A man who killed a pregnant woman and her unborn child is scheduled to be executed after 6 p.m. today. Rosendo Rodriguez III, turned 38 yesterday. He was convicted of murdering Summer Baldwin in 2005, who was pregnant at the time. He also admitted to killing 16-year-old Lubbock High School student Joanna Rogers.

Rodriguez was found guilty of killing Baldwin and stuffing her body in a suitcase. Rodriguez also confessed to killing Joanna Rogers, stuffing her body into a suitcase and just like Summer Baldwin's, throwing her away. Both Rogers and Baldwin's bodies were found in the Lubbock landfill.

Rogers disappeared from her south Lubbock home in May of 2004. Rodriguez was named the primary suspect in her disappearance after detectives learned the two had chatted online

Through a string of evidence, police arrested Rosendo Rodriguez for the death of Baldwin. They were able to track Rodriguez's debit transactions which led them to a Walmart on the South Loop. On surveillance video police found Rodriguez purchasing a black suitcase identical to the one found at the landfill with Baldwin's body inside of it. The cameras caught Rodriguez walking out with that suitcase in hand.

Police investigators were led to the possible crime scene through his debit card records. The night before Rodriguez used his debit card to pull $22 at an ATM inside the lobby area of the Holiday Inn.

Rodriguez's attorney, Seth Kretzer, is now turning to the Court of Criminal Appeals in hopes of delaying the execution after learning about a lawsuit involving the Lubbock County Medical Examiner's office. 

Kretzer said the Supreme Court has a staff dedicated to death penalty cases and a last-minute stay can halt an execution.

Rodriguez rejected a plea deal that would have given him life in prison back in October 2006.

RELATED STORY: Rosendo Rodriguez's attorney turns to Court of Criminal Appeals

RELATED STORY: State District Judge denies motion for stay of execution for Rosendo Rodriguez, III

RELATED STORY: Rosendo Rodriguez III's attorney explains request to delay execution

RELATED STORY: Rosendo Rodriguez asks for stay of execution, citing settlement with chief medical examiner

RELATED STORY: Rosendo Rodriguez execution date set for March 27, 2018

RELATED STORY: Lubbock County reaches no-fault settlement with former deputy medical examiner

RELATED LINK: Rodriguez Rejects Plea Deal, Now Faces Death Penalty (From Oct. 2006)

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