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Man Guilty Of Killing Ex-Girlfriend

TAMPA — A jury found Jose Torres-Rodriguez guilty Thursday of killing his ex-girlfriend in June, hours before she was scheduled to testify against him in a domestic violence court proceeding.

Friends and family of Iris Hernandez-Morales, 35, grew worried when she failed to show up for court. Police found her strangled body inside her home.

Jurors deliberated for less than two hours Thursday. Torres-Rodriguez, 56, was convicted of first-degree felony murder, burglary of a dwelling with assault or battery and violating a domestic violence injunction.

Hillsborough Circuit Judge Anthony Black sentenced him to life in prison.

Man Guilty Of Killing Ex-Girlfriend 03/19/09 [Last modified: Thursday, March 19, 2009 7:05pm]
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