- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A man who witnesses say used a zip tie and a towel to strangle a man in a St. Tammany murder-for-hire case has been found guilty.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/27Q1Je0) a jury convicted Carlos Rodriguez on Friday of murder in Mario Scramuzza’s death. Scramuzza was found strangled in his Covington-area home in 2009.

Rodriguez was the last of four people to be convicted in Scramuzza’s death.

Rodriguez is accused of plotting the killing with the victim’s wife, Gina Scramuzza, who had given him money and bought him vehicles. She is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.

Two other men, Erly Montoya and Luis Hernandez, are in jail after being found guilty of helping Rodriguez rob and kill Scramuzza.

Rodriguez will be sentenced in July.


Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, https://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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