Rosendo Rodriguez's Fate Appears Uncertain - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/24/06

Rosendo Rodriguez's Fate Appears Uncertain

Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff

Investigators were searching the city landfill for Joanna Rogers because the prime suspect, Rosendo Rodriguez, admitted to strangling the teen, putting her body in a suitcase and throwing it in a dumpster.

Tuesday, District Attorney Matt Powell declined to comment on whether Rodriguez will now be charged with Joanna's murder.  Powell did tell NewsChannel 11 that the discovery will not change their course of action against Rodriguez in the Summer Baldwin case. 

Last week, Rodriguez turned down a plea agreement, which would have meant that he would not be prosecuted for Joanna's death but instead he would receive life in prison for the murder of Summer Baldwin. Now the District Attorney is seeking the death penalty in Baldwin's murder. 

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