A San Antonio man condemned for the 2005 slaying of a pregnant Lubbock woman whose body was stuffed inside a piece of luggage found at the Lubbock city landfill has lost an appeal at Texas' highest criminal court.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday agreed with the Lubbock trial court which rejected an appeal from 33-year-old Rosendo Rodriguez. He's on death row for the fatal beating and choking of 29-year-old Summer Baldwin. She's identified in court documents as a drug-addicted prostitute 10 weeks pregnant.
Rodriguez was a Marine reservist training in Lubbock. He contended the slaying was in self-defense. He said he went to a Walmart, bought the suitcase, put her body in it and tossed it in a trash bin.
Rodriguez doesn't have an execution date.