Indictment on Hold for Rodriguez Murder Charge - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/11/05

Indictment on Hold for Rodriguez Murder Charge

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A Lubbock Grand Jury did not hear police evidence during a scheduled meeting Tuesday. Rosendo Rodriguez's San Antonio Attorney, Albert Rodriguez, asked the District Attorney not to present the case to the Grand Jury.

Mr. Rodriguez told NewsChannel 11 he turned over new evidence to Lubbock police. He says Baldwin was carrying two knives the night she was killed. Mr. Rodriguez will try to prove self-defense and wants the Grand Jury to consider the information.

Rosendo Rodriguez is the man accused of murdering a woman found dead and stuffed in a suitcase in September.

Rodriguez was arrested in San Antonio four days after Summer Baldwin was found at the city's landfill. Baldwin was five weeks pregnant at the time of her death. Also, according to police reports, she was found naked inside that suitcase and was beaten to death.

Police also have Wal-Mart surveillance video of Rodriguez buying a suitcase and disposable gloves. These items were presented to the grand jury. The investigation led police to an additional debit transaction at the Holiday Inn on Avenue Q. Police were able to find a crime scene inside one of the rooms.

District Attorney Matt Powell is still waiting final autopsy reports to pursue capital murder charges, which means Rodriguez would be eligible for the death penalty if found guilty.

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