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Condemned Inmate Timothy Rodriguez, 44, Dies of Natural Causes

CORCORAN — Condemned inmate Timothy Rodriguez, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal beating of a 90-year-old Bakersfield woman in 2007, died June 2 of natural causes at John D. Klarich Memorial Hospital at Corcoran State Prison. The cause of death was listed as “end-stage liver disease.”

Rodriguez, 44, did odd jobs and yard work for the 90-year-old Thelma Long.  One night, Rodriguez entered the house through an unlocked door and demanded money, ostensibly for yard work he had performed.  When Mrs. Long and her daughter Catherine Reeves told him to leave, he attacked them with an aluminum baseball bat.  Mrs. Long died at the scene, but Reeves survived and identified Rodriguez as the person who attacked her and her mother.  He was arrested later that day.

He was sentenced to death January 6, 2010.

CSP-Corcoran opened in 1988 and houses 4,395 minimum-, medium-, maximum-, and high-security custody inmates. The Kings County prison offers academic classes and vocational programs, as well as community programs and work crews. The prison employs approximately 2,300 people.

Since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 60 condemned inmates (including Rodriguez) have died from natural causes, 22 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri, six have died from other causes, and one cause is pending. There are 734 offenders on California’s death row.

Monday June 10, 2013
Contact: Lt. Anthony Baer
(559) 992-6104