"Suitcase Killer" Executed
by Shawn McCraith '18
The “Suitcase Killer”, known as Rosendo Rodriguez III, was executed in Huntsville, Texas on March 28th when Rodriguez’ attorney made one last attempt to appeal the case to the United States Supreme Court to stop the execution from happening. As reported by the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal Rodriguez, who is 38, was convicted and sentenced to death for killing and raping 29-year-old Summer Baldwin in 2005 in Lubbock. While Resendo was strapped into a gurney on the evening of March 28th he said “stop the death penalty” to “ save his brothers from death row” and urged people to contact the inmates on death row and “get to know them” which was also reported by the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal.
Rodriguez became the fourth inmate this year to be executed at 6:46 pm on Tuesday. The prosecutors discovered evidence that Rosendo had beaten, raped, and killed 10-week pregnant Summer Baldwin by suffocating her in a suitcase. The suitcase was then thrown into the trash. Workers found the suitcase in September 2005 only to find the remains of Baldwin inside. A testimony at Rodriguez’ trial in 2008 revealed that Baldwin may have still been alive when she was stuffed into the suitcase.
Rosendo Rodriguez was a former United States Marine reservist who was in Lubbock for training. He was linked to several other sexual assault cases including the confession of killing a 16-year-old girl who was reported missing; her remains were found mummified in a suitcase at the city dump. These cases were shown by court records that were obtained from The Associated Press. Assistant Texas Attorney General Tomee Heining said that the appeal was a “last ditch effort.” The appeal was denied thirty minutes before Rodrigues was scheduled to be executed.
AZ Governor Suspends Driverless Ubers
by Meche Williams '19
Arizona state's governor, Doug Ducey, announced Monday that they are suspending Uber testing vehicles after one of their vehicles hit a pedestrian. Elaine Herzberg, 49, was walking her bicycle across an intersection late in the evening on March 18 when the autonomous vehicle hit her. Due to the extent of her injuries she died at a local hospital. There is a video released showing the 2017 Volvo XC90 SUV striking the women in Tempe, near Phoenix. After watching the video Ducey wrote, “I found the video to be disturbing and alarming, and it raises many questions about the ability of Uber to continue testing in Arizona. As governor, my top priority is public safety.” The Governor also said it raises questions about the ability of Uber to continue their testing in the state of Arizona because the video shows that it doesn't slow down or alter its course to avoid the pedestrian. The Uber company said, “We proactively suspended self-driving operations in all cities immediately following the tragic incident last week. We continue to help investigators in any way we can, and we’ll keep a dialogue open with the governor's office to address any concerns they have.” As of now there are currently twenty-two states that have passed laws for the use of autonomous vehicles according to the National Conference. Uber posted a statement on Twitter saying it has already suspended testing of self-driving vehicles in four cities: San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, and Toronto.The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident to find out if Uber can continue and what caused the accident and how to better prevent it.
Last Week's Poll Results!!
Last week we asked Ambush! Poll takers whether they thought the state champion wrestler mentioned should be in the male or female division: 100% of Poll takers said that the wrestler should have to compete in the male division.