Wichita Falls man to become fourth person executed in Texas this year

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Barring a last-minute stay from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, or the Governor’s Office, a man from Wichita Falls will become the fourth person executed in Texas his year.

Rosendo Rodriguez, III is to be executed after 6 p.m. Tuesday, one day after his 38th birthday.

Known as the suitcase killer, Rodriguez’s appeals have so far been rejected.

Rodriguez’s attorney holds out hope the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals will issue a stay based on alleged improper autopsy procedures by the Lubbock County Medical Examiner.

The lawyer also says it’s still possible to get a last minute stay from the U.S. Supreme Court which last fall declined to consider the appeal.

In 2006, Rodriguez rejected a plea deal which would have given him life in prison.

Rodriguez was convicted in 2008 of the beating and choking death of a 29-year-old pregnant woman.

The woman’s body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the Lubbock landfill.

Police traced the barcode on the suitcase to a Lubbock Walmart and store surveillance video showed Rodriguez buying the suitcase and latex gloves.

Police linked Rodriguez to five other sexual assaults and said he also admitted to killing a 16-year-old girl, whose body was also found in a suitcase in the landfill. 

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