Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz and her unborn child had been discovered useless in the San Jose Lagoon on Saturday. A day later, Verdejo — who competed in the 2012 Olympics — was arrested and charged with their kidnapping, carjacking and killing, federal courtroom paperwork present.
CNN has reached out to Verdejo’s attorneys for remark.
“I commend our partners in the FBI, the Puerto Rico Police Bureau, and the Puerto Rico Department of Justice for their dedicated and tireless efforts that led to the charges and arrest of the defendant,” mentioned US Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow. “We will continue working towards the ending of gender-based violence, and we offer our deepest condolences to the family of the victim.”
Though some of the prices carry a most penalty of loss of life, it’s unknown if federal prosecutors will pursue the loss of life penalty in this case.
A witness advised authorities Verdejo contacted him to assist terminate a being pregnant after Rodríguez Ortiz advised him she had taken a being pregnant check and was anticipating his child, based on the criticism.
Verdejo and the witness, who will not be named in the criticism, met her close to her dwelling. After a dialog, Verdejo punched Rodríguez Ortiz in the face, injected her with a syringe, and each he and the witness restrained her arms and ft with wire, the criticism mentioned.
Verdejo and the witness then drove each his and Rodríguez Ortiz’s automotive to the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge over the San Jose Lagoon. There, they threw her into the water, with Verdejo capturing at the sufferer from the bridge, the criticism alleges.
“I congratulate the policemen, prosecutors and forensic sciences personnel, who, as a single team, tirelessly and with the greatest of commitments, put their hearts to solve Keishla’s case in an agile and precise way,” mentioned Antonio López, Puerto Rico Police Bureau Commissioner. “Our commitment to her family, from day one, was to do justice to Keishla and we have already begun to do so.”
CNN’s Jamiel Lynch and Gregory Lemos contributed to this report.