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Police confirm suicide of broadcasters’ suspect murderer

The National Police confirmed on Thursday, 16 February 2017, that José Rodríguez (Joselito or Palmita), the lead suspect of the murder of two radio broadcasters, committed suicide when being pursued by the Police.

In a press release, the Police said that 59-year old José Rodríguez committed suicide when he found himself cornered by the Police. He was the lead suspect in the murder of radio broadcaster Luis Manuel Medina and Leonidas Martínez, the director of Radio FM 103.5 in San Pedro de Macoris. The two were murdered on the morning of 15 February 2017 at a time when Luis Manuel Medina was streaming news live on Facebook.

Rodríguez’s body had a single shot in the head, said prosecutor Digna Ortiz, who is in charge of the investigation. This was confirmed by director of Forensic Pathology in San Pedro de Macorís province, Dr. Manuela Herminia Rodríguez. Nevertheless, the body has not been available for viewing by journalists or others, including family members.

The body of Rodríguez was taken to the morgue of the Antonio Musa Public Hospital in San Pedro.
The authorities have not revealed what they suspect was the motive for the double homicide. The Police have not shared explanations on the clues that lead to the persecution of Rodríguez.

Nevertheless, a report in Diario Libre on 17 February 2017, speculates that Rodríguez would have killed the two broadcasters in a rage over a real estate deal with the State Sugar Council (CEA) gone sour. The broadcasters had been asked to mediate in the conflict.  The same Diario Libre story tells that a sister of Rodríguez has denied her brother had committed suicide as reported by the Police and forensics. The family says that the Police has not allowed the coffin to be uncovered to hide the five bullet wounds she said her brother had received.

Rodríguez was also accused of wounding radio station secretary, Dayana García, who survived the armed attack.

Medina and Martínez maintained the San Pedro de Macorís news talk show, Milenio Caliente, while Medina was also the commercial voice for the Estrellas Oriental baseball team.

Source: DR1, 7dias

Feb 17, 2017

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