Murder Suspect Extradited to Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/15/05

Murder Suspect Extradited to Lubbock

Lubbock Sheriff's Office Lubbock Sheriff's Office

A murder suspect is back in Lubbock. Rosendo Rodriguez III was extradited to Lubbock just after 10 p.m. Thursday night, just hours after being arrested in San Antonio.

He is the suspect in the murder of Summer Baldwin. Baldwin's body was found in a suitcase in a Lubbock landfill Tuesday.

Rodriguez is being held at the Lubbock County Jail, with a $500,00 bond. Fibers found on the suitcase led police to Rodriguez, just thirty hours after a sanitation worker discovered Baldwin's body. Police chief Claude Jones says, "Attention to detail is what really started this ball rolling and trying to find ways to follow through with identifying some information off the luggage." Police set up video surveillance to confirm their suspicions he was staying at a home in San Antonio.

Police say Rodriguez has family and friends in Lubbock. He may have served in the Marine Reserves out of Lubbock. NewsChannel 11 has also learned he served in Iraq and attended Texas Tech.

Police are following leads on a possible crime scene location since Baldwin's body was found in the landfill. Police are still questioning where the crime took place.

Autopsy reports confirm Baldwin was five weeks pregnant at the time of her death. We do not know who the father of the baby is. It is possible however that Rodriguez could face additional charges because Baldwin was pregnant. That will be determined by further investigation. Baldwin had four children and was originally from Oregon.

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