On Friday, a Texas lady was arrested in connection with a cold case murder dating back to 2005. According to KHOU-TV, a local station.
Shelley Susan Thompson Lemoine, 41 years old, has been identified by DNA evidence from a blood-stained rag as the capital murder suspect.
Antonio Rodriguez, 80, was killed by a knife and Luz Rodriguez (77), was beaten to death in their Cleveland home. Their daughter Carolina Tejeda discovered the truth.
According to the outlet investigators arrived at the scene with police dogs, which tracked the scent of the suspect along the tracks to an apartment complex nearby. But it was over.
Investigators found blood in several places in the house, including on a large rug. The rug’s DNA was not identified and it was entered into a database, but no results were returned.
Detectives in Cleveland, Texas were notified by the DNA database system that a hit was made for Thompson-Lemoine in March 2021. She was currently serving a Texas sentence for an unrelated crime.
According to the outlet, investigators visited the prison to interview Thompson-Lemoine and swab her DNA. She denied any knowledge about the crime or the Rodriguez family.
KHOU detectives learned that Thompson-Lemoine had been under investigation for numerous drug-related offenses. But, she was not convicted of a felony and would remain in prison until 2021.
According to police, in 2022, Thompson-Lemoine’s DNA was found to match the DNA on the Rodriguez home’s bloodstained rug.
“Sometimes such small pieces of evidence can solve a case and in this case that piece of carpet that was found inside the home that had a spectacle of blood on it,”KHOU-TV spoke with Chief Darrel Broussad of the Cleveland Police Department.
After reviewing the case details, the district attorney confirmed that there was sufficient cause for an arrest warrant to be issued. One was issued on July 5th for Thompson-Lemoine for capital murder.
Thompson-Lemoine had been released from prison but was then arrested by a Texas Ranger and detectives from the Cleveland Police Department.
Thompson-Lemoine’s bond was set at $1 million.
“After 17 years, it feels good,” said Tejeda, the deceased couple’s daughter.
Investigators continue to search for additional suspects. Multi-County Crime Stoppers is available at 1-800-392-STOP with any information.