Olympic boxer Felix Verdejo-Sanchez found guilty of killing a pregnant woman

A federal jury convicted the athlete of multiple charges.

A Puerto Rican boxer was found guilty of federal charges in connection with the 2021 slaying of a pregnant woman, federal prosecutors said.

A federal jury convicted Félix Verdejo-Sánchez — who competed in the 2012 Olympics — of kidnapping resulting in the death and intentional killing of an unborn child, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico announced on Friday.

Verdejo-Sánchez was accused of killing a woman who told him she was pregnant with his child, according to court documents. A co-defendant – Luis Antonio Cádiz-Martínez – was also accused of helping him commit a kidnapping that resulted in the death of the woman – 27-year-old Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz – and her unborn child, prosecutors said.

On April 29, 2021, Verdejo-Sánchez “executed a premeditated plan to murder” Rodríguez Ortiz and her unborn child by luring her into his Dodge Durango “where Verdejo, with the help of Luis Cádiz-Martínez, struck Mrs. Rodríguez Ortiz with a punch. drugged her and then tied her with metal wire to a cement block,” prosecutors said in a statement.

“Mr. Verdejo Sánchez then drove the victim to the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge and, with Cadiz’s assistance, threw Ms. Rodríguez Ortiz into the San José Lagoon,” the statement continued. “He later jumped into the lagoon to finish the murder of both victims.”

Verdejo-Sánchez faces a mandatory life sentence for each conviction. His sentencing is scheduled for November 3.

“We stand firmly with the family of Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz and all those in the community who sought justice for this senseless, cruel and despicable act of premeditated and cold-blooded violence against Keishla and her unborn child,” said U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow. in a statement.

The FBI led the investigation with support from the Puerto Rico Department of Public Safety, the Puerto Rico Police Bureau and the Puerto Rico Department of Justice.

Cádiz-Martínez accepted a plea deal in the case in November 2022, court records show.

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