Prosecution & Defense Rest in Rodriguez Capital Murder Trial - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/27/08

Prosecution & Defense Rest in Rodriguez Capital Murder Trial

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Both the prosecution and the defense have rested in the capital murder trial of Rosendo Rodriguez.

Thursday morning, a Lubbock medical examiner returned to the stand, and testified that Summer Baldwin may have been alive, when she was stuffed into a suitcase and tossed into a dumpster. 

Rosendo Rodriguez is accused of killing the Lubbock prostitute, and her unborn child in his hotel room. Her body was found in a Lubbock landfill in September of 2005.

Dr. Sridhar Natarajan testified that Baldwin suffered blunt force trauma and asphyxiation, but probably died as a result of the way her head was positioned inside the suitcase.

Rodriguez claims Baldwin's death happened during an act of self defense. He told police that he came up behind her and put her in a choke hold, in an attempt to disarm her. The medical examiner said Baldwin's injuries are not consistent with Rodriguez's story. Pictures show major trauma to Baldwin's face, and fingerprints on the side and back of her neck.

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