- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A trial is set to begin for a 60-year-old western New York man charged with stabbing his estranged wife to death in the late 1970s.

The Buffalo News reports (https://bit.ly/1Di8g19 ) that the trial is scheduled to start Friday in Erie County Court in the second-degree murder trial of Michael Rodriguez of Buffalo.

The body of his wife, 21-year-old Patricia Rodriguez, was found in a Lackawanna cemetery on Good Friday in April 1979. Police say she had been stabbed more than 100 times.

Michael Rodriguez was indicted last November after state police reopened the unsolved case in 2009 at the request of Lackawanna’s police chief. Investigators used scientific technology that didn’t exist at the time of the slaying to re-examine forensic evidence found at the cemetery.

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Information from: The Buffalo News, https://www.buffalonews.com


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