Supreme Court rejects body-in-luggage appeal

December 5, 2011 8:29:40 AM PST
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused the appeal of 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.

Rosendo Rodriguez was condemned for the death of 29-year-old Summer Baldwin. She's identified in court documents as a drug-addicted prostitute 10 weeks pregnant.

The 31-year-old Rodriguez was a Marine reservist training in Lubbock. He contended the slaying was in self-defense, that he choked her when she came at him with a knife. He said he went to a Walmart, purchased the suitcase, put her body in it and tossed it in a trash bin.

The high court decision Monday is on Rodriguez's direct appeal following his conviction. Other appeals are likely.

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