Murder Suspect In Lubbock County Jail - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/16/05

Murder Suspect In Lubbock County Jail

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This morning the suspect in the murder of Summer Baldwin is in the Lubbock County Jail. Baldwin's body was found Tuesday morning in a suitcase at a Lubbock land fill. Autopsy reports confirm she died from blunt force trauma.

Police say the suspect, Rosendo Rodriguez III, was booked early Friday morning. Authorities brought Rodriguez from San Antonio. They arrived Thursday night around 10 p.m. NewsChannel 11 cameras were there as Rodriguez stepped off the plane at Lubbock Chaparral Airport.

Police say many different clues helped lead them to the suspect. They says witnesses last saw Summer alive with Rodriguez Sunday at a 7-11 in a red pick-up. Police later used surveillance video to identify the suspect at Wal-Mart off South Loop 289. That's where police say cameras caught him buying disposable gloves and a large black suit case with his debit card. Detectives later matched the bar code to the suitcase where Baldwin's body was found. We have not confirmed where police suspect the murder could have taken place.

Police say the victim was five weeks pregnant when she was killed. Rodriguez could face additional charges because Baldwin was pregnant. She had four children and was originally from Oregon. Rodriguez is from San Antonio but has lived in Lubbock for several years. We know he attended Texas tech University and has served in the Marines. Just months ago, he served in Iraq.

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