San Antonio Man Charged with Lubbock Woman's Murder - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/16/05

San Antonio Man Charged with Lubbock Woman's Murder

Authorities charged 25 year-old Rosendo Rodriguez with the murder of a Lubbock woman Friday.

29 year-old Summer Baldwin was found dead inside a suitcase at the Lubbock landfill on Tuesday morning. Authorities confirm she was about five weeks pregnant.

Investigators were able to trace Rodriguez to San Antonio, where he was arrested and brought back to Lubbock county Thursday night. Deputies escorted Rodriguez to a Lubbock County Courtroom where he was charged with murder.

Rodriquez had nothing to say.

Lubbock District Attorney Matt Powell credits the quick arrest to good police work. "I would imagine that when a lady was found out at the landfill, the chances of getting that case solved was fairly slim. Here we are 48 hours later with a suspect in custody. I commend the Lubbock Police department,"

Police say many clues lead them to Rodriguez.

They say witnesses last saw Summer alive with Rodriguez on Sunday at a 7-11 in a red pick-up truck. Back at the crime scene, investigators found a bar code on the suitcase and were able to trace it back to debit purchase at the Walmart on the South Loop.

Police saw the surveillance video that showed Rodriguez buying disposable gloves and a large black suit case with his debit card. With the help of the FBI and DPS, Rodriguez was found in San Antonio, arrested Thursday afternoon and DPS flew him back to Lubbock county on their private plane.

NewsChannel 11 learned Rodriguez is from San Antonio, but came to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech. "I have some beliefs what he was doing in Lubbock. I think it was associated with this young girl's death, but I can't comment specifically what he was doing here," said Powell.

The D.A.'s office is considering upgrading the charges to capital murder pending the medical examiner's report and confirmation of Baldwin's pregnancy.

Also, the D.A.'s office will request paternity through a DNA test with the medical examiner. Rodriguez is in the Lubbock County jail tonight on a half million dollar bond.

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