Charges Expected In S.E. Lubbock Death - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/24/08

Charges Expected In S.E. Lubbock Death

Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office
Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office

Lubbock Police had a prime suspect in custody Monday, following a suspicious weekend death in southeast Lubbock.  Authorities tell NewsChannel 11 they plan to file charges against 45-year-old Karen Follis as early as Tuesday. 

Follis is suspected in the death of 25-year-old Kristine Bufkin.  Investigators say they are still questioning 45-year-old Erasmo Rodriguez.  Police arrested him Sunday, saying he is a person of interest in the case. 

Authorities call it a complex investigation, with as many as four crime scenes.  A passing driver discovered Bufkin's body underneath the Loop 289 overpass at Southeast Drive Saturday morning.  Later, they connected her to a rollover accident several miles away in Lubbock County.

Monday, police told NewsChannel 11 they were looking at two additional crime scenes that could be connected to Bufkin's death. Investigators also identified a suspect's vehicle, but at this time they will not confirm if that truck belongs to either Follis or Rodriguez. 

Police say Bufkin's injuries are consistent with being hit by a vehicle, but an autopsy will help them determine exactly how she died. That was performed Monday. With so many pieces in this puzzle, police say they're still determining what to charge Follis with.  "This is a very complex case, and they are working to determine whether or not it was an accident, whether or not it was an intentional act, whether or not she acted with recklessness, with negligence," Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens said. 

We've also learned that a Crime Line tip lead to Follis' arrest. She's was held on an unrelated warrant Monday night. Right now, she is not charged with Bufkin's death.  NewsChannel 11 will let you know if and when an arrest warrant is issued against Follis for Bufkin's death.

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