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Texas executes Lubbock “suitcase killer”

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Texas executes Lubbock “suitcase killer”

Rosendo Rodriguez was executed Tuesday for killing a Lubbock prostitute and tossing her body in a dumpster in a suitcase. His final appeals questioned the medical examiner's testimony that she was sexually assaulted before her death.

BY JOLIE MCCULLOUGH MARCH 27, 2018 UPDATED: 15 HOURS AGO

The man dubbed Lubbock’s “suitcase killer” was executed Tuesday evening, one day after his 38th birthday.

Rosendo Rodriguez was sentenced to death in the 2005 murder and sexual assault of Summer Baldwin, a newly pregnant prostitute, according to court records. Baldwin’s body was found folded inside a suitcase at the city’s landfill. Rodriguez was also implicated in the 2004 murder of 16-year-old Joanna Rogers, whose body was also found in a suitcase in the landfill after Baldwin was discovered.

Just minutes before his execution was scheduled at 6 p.m., the U.S. Supreme Court denied his final appeal, and the process to put Rodriguez to death began on time. He was placed on a gurney, connected to an IV, and uttered his last words while his family and the parents of Baldwin and Rogers watched on through a glass pane.  :snip:   https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/27/lubbocks-suitcase-killer-fights-upcoming-execution/

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