- [CA] The ex of State Prison Officer Timothy Rodriguez had "no idea" that he wanted her murdered, and is very afraid ...In the culmination of an undercover operation by law enforcement, Rodriguez was arrested on September 9 in Salinas after soliciting a murder for hire from an undercover police officer posing as a hit man... More than 20 officers worked on the investigation, some of them recording conversations as undercover agents...
- [CA] Officer Rodriguez wanted his ex killed in front of her young daughter. - ...The transcripts tell how Rodriguez "stalked" the victim... "He wanted a revolver used because he didn't want to leave shell casings. He wanted one to her chest, one to her head"... he suggested to the undercover officer that he kill the victim in front of her young daughter...
Judge denies defense request to lower $2 million bail
By VIRGINIA HENNESSEY
Herald Salinas Bureau
[Excerpts] A January trial date was set Friday for a Salinas Valley State Prison guard accused of hiring a hit man to kill his former love interest. Timothy Rodriguez, 38, faces a potential life sentence if convicted on charges of attempted murder, solicitation for murder and possession of a silencer. The correctional officer remains in an isolation cell at Monterey County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail while awaiting his next pretrial hearing Nov. 19. According to court transcripts, Rodriguez planned for months to kill the woman and enlisted the help of a prison gang member to carry out a shooting that was to have taken place in front of her 3-year-old... In taped conversations, he reportedly told the would-be assassin that the best time to kill her would be when her husband was away and she would be buckling her son into his car seat. Somers said Rodriguez instructed the hit man to use a revolver, so there would be no casings left behind. He was to shoot the woman once in the chest and once in the head, then steal her purse and bring her BlackBerry to Rodriguez to prove she was dead... When asked why he wanted to kill the woman, who was a co-worker he had dated in the past, Somers said, Rodriguez's only response was that "she needed to die"... Somers told Judge Russell Scott that the alleged victim was "living in terror" and had considered leaving the state or the country because she doesn't know how many other people Rodriguez might have hired to kill her. "We've worked to change her identity and move her," he said. "She's no longer at her old address. Her only solace is that the defendant is behind bars... And someone like the defendant, who is capable of this kind of cold-blooded action — to have a woman killed who did nothing to him, in front of her 3-year-old — I would argue to the court his obsession may cause him to just go out and get her now, himself"... [Full article here]