Former Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo will not face the death penalty for the murder of Keishla Rodríguez and her baby, reports the US Department of Justice.

The boxer Félix Verdejo in his glory days.

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PUERTO RICO – The United States Department of Justice revealed this Monday that will not seek the death penalty in the case against ex-boxer Félix Verdejo and his accomplice Luis Antonio Cádiz, who are accused of the death of the young Keishla Rodríguez and her unborn baby

Verdejo Sánchez and Cádiz Martínez face a carjacking charge resulting in death; one count of kidnapping resulting in death and one count of killing an unborn child, known as the “2004 Birth Victims of Violence Act,” according to the indictment.

Verdejo also faces a charge of using and carrying a firearm. during and in connection with a crime of violence. The federal indictment includes relevant factors that made the case eligible for the death penalty.

Upon learning of the determination of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, Keishla’s sister, Bereliz Nichole Rodríguez, manifested herself on her social networks by posting a photo of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Guaynabo, where Verdejo is, and wrote in a message: “Alive is that you I want”.

The boxer surrendered to federal authorities on May 2, 2021but it was not until May 6 that a grand jury returned an indictment against Verdejo Sánchez and Cádiz Martínez for acts that led to Keishla’s murder.

The complaint establishes that Cádiz Martínez cooperated with the authorities and revealed that on April 27 Verdejo Sánchez “contacted the witness and asked him for help to end the victim’s pregnancy, who told the fighter that she was pregnant with his son.” based on the test result.

Then, on April 29, Verdejo Sánchez contacted the victim, Keishla, and “arranged to meet near her residence. Verdejo and the witness drove to the meeting in the black Dodge Durango bus,” states the federal complaint.

The victim arrived at the meeting in his vehicle, which was a gray Kia Forte, and got into the boxer’s vehicle.

“After the conversation between Verdejo and the victim in Verdejo’s vehicle, he hit the victim in the face and they injected him with a syringe full of substances purchased at a drug point in (the Llorens Torres residential complex),” reads the affidavit. .

Likewise, it was revealed that Verdejo Sánchez and the witness They drove the two vehicles towards the Teodoro Moscoso bridge.

There, adds the indictment, “the victim was removed from the vehicle and thrown from one side of the bridge the water. Verdejo shot the victim with a pistol from the bridge.”

The accusation specifies that on April 30, the Police found Rodríguez Ortiz’s vehicle in Canovanas. Meanwhile, police investigators interviewed the victim’s family, who detailed information about his phone, which the FBI used to obtain records and his location.

Keishla’s body was found on Sunday, May 2, floating in Laguna San José. That same day it came to light that the security cameras captured a black Dodge Durango bus stopped on the bridge. The vehicle was seized by the Police and inspected by experts from the Forensic Science Bureau.

What did the autopsy reveal Keishla Rodríguez?

The autopsy performed by the pathologist rose rodriguez at the Institute of Forensic Sciences to the body of Keishla, 27 years old and who was a month pregnant, revealed that her death was due to suffocation by immersion.

The toxicological examination detected traces of fentanyl and heroin in his bloodwhile the body had fractures on the face, including the jaw.

These revelations are compatible with the information offered by the witness, with knowledge of what happened.

Keishla’s corpse, which was tied with cables and had blocks, was thrown from the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge into the San José lagoon, after the drug was injected. The inquest findings suggest that he was still alive.

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