Co-Defendant Admits To Murdering Boxer’s Former Partner

The former boxer is also facing charges.

Luis Antonio Cadiz-Martinez, a co-defendant who is accused of murdering former boxer Felix Verdejo’s ex-partner and her unborn child, entered a guilty plea on Monday.

Cadiz-Martinez admitted his involvement in both murders during a court hearing in the U.S. Federal Court for the District of Puerto Rico in Hato Rey.

He reportedly carjacked, which led to the murder of Keishla Marlen Rodriguez last April. She was former partner of Verdejo and was pregnant at the time she was killed.

The co-defendant is likely to be handed a 30-year imprisonment and life during a sentencing hearing currently scheduled for next May 1. It has been two years since Rodriguez’s body was found in Laguna San Jose, soon after which both Verdejo and Cadiz-Martinez were arrested.

The Rodriguez family are undergoing a traumatic time in their life ever since Keishla’s death.

“They are murderers,” Kelia Ortiz, Rodriguez’s mother, told reporters after the last hearing. “All those involved in my daughter’s case. They are all murderers. What my ears heard now… murderers.”

As for the former boxer, Verdejo is charged with three counts.

He will appear before the court on February 27 next wherein he is likely to be given a 99-year imprisonment on each charge if found guilty.

This is the maximum allowable punishment for Verdejo as the government doesn’t view it as a death penalty case.

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