The Puerto Rican boxer, charged with the horrific murder of his pregnant lover, was charged with murder by a federal grand jury this week – and could now face the death penalty.
The suspect, Félix Verdejo, is charged with the brutal and calculated murder of 27-year-old Keishla Rodríguez following a complaint filed by the FBI on US territory.
In the sadistic murder, Verdejo allegedly slapped Rodriguez in the face, injected her with an unknown liquid, and tied her feet and arms to a block, according to the government last week.
The former Olympic boxer then allegedly threw her off a bridge and shot her with a gun into the water where she was submerged.
Verdejo joined the police last Sunday and is being held without bail. He has faced a wide variety of charges, including kidnapping and carjacking, which resulted in death and willfully killing an unborn child.
The boxer who is married with a young daughter can face the death penalty if convicted.
“What I want is justice for Keishla,” said the victim’s mother, Keila Ortiz, at a news conference Thursday, according to the Associated Press. “We’re in pain that Tony and I never imagined.”
Her father added that despite the brutal nature of the crime, he did not support the search for the death penalty.
“That doesn’t solve anything for me. What is done is done,” he said this week according to the AP. “Make him think about who my daughter was every day.”
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