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.
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