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Death row inmate dies of liver disease

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POSTED June 10, 2013 9:48 p.m.

CORCORAN  (AP) — California prison officials say a 44-year-old death row inmate convicted of beating a 90-year-old woman to death with a baseball bat has died from liver disease.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement Monday that Timothy Rodriguez died June 6 at the hospital at Corcoran State Prison.

He was sentenced to death in 2010 for the killing of 90-year-old Thelma Long in Bakersfield.

Rodriguez had done odd jobs and yard work for Long and in 2007 entered her house through an unlocked door demanding payment.

The statement says when Long and daughter Catherine Reeves asked him to leave, Rodriguez attacked them both with an aluminum baseball bat.

Long died at the scene, but Reeves survive and identified Rodriguez. He was arrested later the same day.

 

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