Puerto Rican Boxer Félix Verdejo Charged With Killing Pregnant Woman

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A witness told the FBI the former Olympic boxer killed Keishla Marlen Rodriguez after she told him she was pregnant with his child. The two allegedly drugged, shot and drowned the woman last week.
Puerto Rican Boxer Félix Verdejo Charged With Killing Pregnant Woman

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Editor's note: This story contains graphic descriptions of physical violence.

A former Olympic boxer was arrested in Puerto Rico on Sunday for kidnapping and murdering a woman who was pregnant with his child, amid a troubling and persistent rise in violence against women on the island that has triggered a state of emergency.

Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo Sánchez, also known as "El Diamante" or "The Diamond," appeared in court Monday morning, where he was ordered by the judge to be held without bail. He had turned himself in on Sunday after officials announced they had identified the body of the woman believed to be his girlfriend.

Officials say they discovered the missing body of Keishla Marlen Rodriguez on Saturday and made a positive identification using dental records, according to a forensic report released on Sunday.

Sanchez, who competed in the 2012 London Olympics, is charged with kidnapping resulting in death, carjacking resulting in death, and intentionally killing an unborn child. Each charge carries a lifetime sentence or the death penalty. The FBI criminal complaint states that a witness whose name has not been released has "first hand" knowledge of Rodriguez's disappearance and is cooperating with the agency.

FBI Special Agent Lorenzo Vilanova Perez chronicled the gory details of the alleged kidnapping and killing in an affidavit filed in court on Monday. According to the agent's testimony, Verdejo…
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