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911 tape released in West Columbia woman's fatal stabbing

Suspect: Gerardo Villarreal Rodriguez (Source: West Columbia Police Department) Suspect: Gerardo Villarreal Rodriguez (Source: West Columbia Police Department)
Yadira Rodriguez (source: Nancy Rodriguez) Yadira Rodriguez (source: Nancy Rodriguez)

By Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield - bio | email

WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The search is on for a man wanted for stabbing and killing his wife. We tracked down the 911 tapes from right after she died and the suspect's arrest record.

Operator: 911. Police, fire or medical?
Caller: Calling for West Columbia. Somebody killed my sister-in-law.
Operator: Ok, do you see police?
Caller: No, I do not see police. Somebody's coming right now.


Yadira Rodriguez was murdered in the light of day. West Columbia police say it was her husband, Gerardo Villarreal-Rodriguez, who did it. Yadira's brother-in-law and sister saw it happen. So did her children, and even neighbors who were looking on.

Operator: 911. Police, fire, or medical?
Caller: Um, police and medical. I think a woman's dead.
Operator: You think what?
Caller: I think a woman's dead.


If anyone knew this was going to happen, it may have been Yadira herself. She recently left her husband to live here with her sister.
     
She moved out earlier this month, and even filed an incident report on April 5 saying Rodriguez became angry with her because she would not have sex with him and that he picked up a broom and struck her on the leg. She also said Rodriguez had been abusing her nearly five years and she was finally standing up for herself.

Police say his final weapon of choice was a knife. After breaking into Yadira's sister's home, he stabbed her to death in the driveway. A woman who lives two doors down called for assistance, but Yadira Rodriguez could not be helped.

Caller: I think a woman's dead.
Operator: Where at?
Caller: North 16th and Burnham Street.
Operator: Okay, what makes you think she's dead?
Caller: Um, she's not moving. They try picking her up, she just plops back down.

A memorial service will be held for Rodriguez at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at Barr-Price Funeral Home in Lexington.

A background check of Rodriguez found charges going back to 2003 including a conviction for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

Matthew Pinckney knows Rodriguez's past. He's representing him in a DUI case.

"My last contact with Gerardo, my feeling was that everything was okay," said Pinckney. "Obviously when we found out about this we were stunned."

Pinckney says he knew the couple was having problems

"Yadira contacted us and I told her the best thing she could do was to contact the Sheriff's office immediately if she was in fear," said Pinckney.

According to an incident report, Yadira did just that.

The report says Rodriguez became angry with her because she would not have sex with him and that he picked up a broom and struck her on the leg. She also said Rodriguez had been abusing her nearly five years and she was finally standing up for herself.

"I can't believe Yadira has passed and I can't understand what went on, what happened," said Pinckney.

Pinckney says he doesn't know where his client is.  Neither do police, but when they find him, they plan to add murder to the list. 

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