Woman guilty in son’s murder
A Bell County jury has found a woman guilty of murder in the starvation death of her 7½-week-old son.
The nine-woman, three-man jury deliberated for a little more than an hour Wednesday before returning its verdict against 31-year-old Nilda Iliana Rodriguez of Harker Heights.
The jury will begin hearing evidence today in state District Court in Belton on how Rodriguez should be punished. She could get five to 99 years or life in prison.
Rodriguez was convicted of starving Deon Dejuan Griffin to death in 2008. Testifying Wednesday, Rodriguez said her son sometimes had trouble eating. Her attorneys contend that the child’s death was a result of a diabetic coma, insulin rejection or choking.