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An investigator with the Alleghany County Sheriff's Office testified Wednesday that the man said he shot his wife while his children were in the family minivan nearby.
Adan Quiroz “Manuel” Rodriguez
Ashley Kimberlin Rodriguez
Thursday, August 22, 2013
The Covington cemetery caretaker who is accused of shooting his wife to death in the graveyard where he worked told police he did it while their four children watched cartoons in the family’s minivan nearby, according to court testimony Wednesday.
A charge of first-degree murder against Adan Quiroz “Manuel” Rodriguez, 29, was certified to an Alleghany County grand jury after a hearing Wednesday
Rodriguez is accused of killing his wife, Ashley Kimberlin Rodriguez, 24, in May. Police found her body partially buried in a remote part of Alleghany Memorial Park after she failed to show up at work and a tip led them to the cemetery. She had been shot in the head.
Her husband was missing and declared a fugitive. He was arrested two weeks later in Pineville, N.C., south of Charlotte.
At Wednesday’s hearing, Investigator R.C. Fridley of the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office was the only witness to testify, according to Alleghany County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ed Stein.
Stein said Fridley testified Manuel Rodriguez said that the couple had had marital difficulties prior to the shooting, and that they had fought the in the 24 hours immediately before it. Rodriguez also acknowledged buying shotgun shells at Walmart that are consistent with those used to kill his wife.
The grand jury will consider the case Oct. 15.
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