Boxer Félix Verdejo charged in horrific killing of pregnant lover whose body was found in Puerto Rico lagoon

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Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo was denied bail on Monday after being charged a day earlier with killing a woman who was thrown off a bridge and shot after ...
revealing she was expecting his child.

The case has shocked the U.S. territory and sparked protests against domestic violence.

"This is a death penalty-eligible case," said Judge Camille Vélez, The Associated Press reported. Vélez remanded Verdejo to federal prison.

The professional lightweight fighter, who represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics, turned himself in a day after authorities identified the pregnant victim found dead in a lagoon as his 27-year-old lover, Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz. The married suspect was charged with kidnapping and carjacking resulting in death and intentionally killing an unborn child.

Verdejo, 27, arranged to meet with the woman Friday morning after she told him she was pregnant with his child "based on a pregnancy test," a witness who was with him at the time of the murder told investigators, the FBI said in a criminal complaint. Verdejo had contacted the unidentified witness asking "his help to terminate the pregnancy of the Victim," the document states.

As the boxer and Rodríguez talked inside his car during the meeting, the accused killer punched her in the face and injected her with "a syringe filled with substances purchases from a drug point," according to the complaint. He tied the victim's arms and feet with wire, brought her to her own car and drove it to a bridge over the San José lagoon between San…
Nelson Oliveira and Theresa Braine, New York Daily News
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