death penalty news—-TEXAS

April 2

TEXAS—-new death sentence

Body In Suitcase Brings Death Penalty—-Experts: Victim May Have Been
Alive When Left In Trash Bin

In Canyon, a jury has given the death penalty to a man convicted of
beating a pregnant woman, stuffing her in a suitcase and dumping it in a
landfill. Rosendo Rodriguez, a 28-year-old from San Antonio, was sentenced
Tuesday after the jury deliberated for 3 hours. He was convicted on 2
counts of capital murder Friday.

The body of 29-year-old Summer Baldwin, her unborn child still inside, was
found in the Lubbock landfill in 2005. The case was moved to the Panhandle
city of Canyon because of pretrial publicity.

Experts testified that Baldwin, who was a prostitute, may have been alive
when Rodriguez stuffed her in the suitcase and tossed it into a large
trash bin.

(source: Associated Press)