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 Michael Anthony Rodriguez

Michael Anthony Rodriguez

Birth
Bexar County, Texas, USA
Death 14 Aug 2008 (aged 45)
Huntsville, Walker County, Texas, USA
Burial Huntsville, Walker County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 35611267 · View Source
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Son of Raul R. Rodriguez & Janie (Alvarado) Rodriguez. Brother of Melissa Ann Rodriguez & Mark Anthony Rodriguez.

On December 13, 2000, Rodriguez, then 38, escaped from the maximum-security Connally Prison Unit in south Texas, where he was serving a life sentence for hiring a hitman to murder his wife. Rodriguez made the escape with six other prisoners - Patrick Murphy, 39; Donald Newbury, 38; George Rivas, 30; Joseph Garcia, 29; Randy Halprin, 23; and Larry Harper. They overpowered prison workers, stole guns from the armory, and escaped in a prison pickup that had been modified with a false bottom. They then drove to a nearby store, where Rodriguez's father had left another truck for them.

Eleven days after the escape, on December 24, 2000, the escapees robbed an Oshman's sporting goods store in Irving, Texas. Patrick Murphy remained outside as lookout while the others went inside to tie up the employees and gather guns. A woman outside noticed what was going on, and called the police. After stealing one of the employees' Ford Explorer, Murphy drove it to the loading dock and alerted the others via radio that a policeman was coming. Irving police officer Aubrey Wright Hawkins arrived as the robbers were leaving and pulled in behind the Explorer. The men shot him eleven times and ran over him with their getaway truck.

A jury convicted Rodriguez of capital murder in May 2002 and sentenced him to death. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the conviction and sentence in March 2006. Later, Rodriguez chose to drop his appeals, and was allowed to do so after convincing the courts he was mentally competent.

On August 14, 2008, Rodriguez was executed by lethal injection in the Walls Correctional Facility in Huntsville, Texas. He was pronounced dead at 6:20 P.M.

TDCJ #999413


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  • Created by: Rick Kauffman
  • Added: 6 Apr 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35611267
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Michael Anthony Rodriguez (29 Oct 1962–14 Aug 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35611267, citing Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery, Huntsville, Walker County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Rick Kauffman (contributor 47010205) .