On August 25, 1988, Rodriguez attacked Dawn Dearing
in her Tucson apartment.
Rodriguez stabbed Ms. Dearing several times using
knives from her butcher block. When the handle to the butcher knife
broke off, Rodriguez continued his attack, using the blade of the knife
to slash Ms. Dearing's throat.
Rodriguez inserted the handle from the broken butcher
knife, and a curling iron, into Ms. Dearing's vagina. He left the body
with the curling iron plugged in and turned on.
Ms. Dearing was not found until more than a day later.
Rodriguez was arrested in 1993 when the police, after receiving a CRIME-88
tip, checked his fingerprints against those on the blade of the broken
Presiding Judge: Margaret M. Houghton
Prosecutor: David White
Start of Trial: October 15, 1993
Verdict: October 27, 1993
Sentencing: January 18, 1994