Bail set at $1M for man arrested at southern border for mom’s killing in Franklin Co.
PASCO, Wash. — A man suspected of joining his father to murder his mother, Estela Torres Rodriguez, in March of this year appeared in court for the first time Wednesday, Oct. 2.
US Border Patrol officers arrested Clemente Rodriguez-Torres on Sept. 19 as he was trying to cross into the States at the San-Ysidro border near San Diego. He was extradited to Franklin County earlier this week.
Authorities issued arrest warrants for murder for Rodriguez Torres and his father, Tiburcio Larios Rodriguez, after Estela went missing on Mar. 28.
Tiburcio is the victim’s estranged husband. He is believed to still be in Mexico.
The suspects are accused of violently killing Estela and taking her car with her body in it. Days later, her car was found at a rest stop with blood in the trunk. Torres was not inside, and her body remains missing.
In court Wednesday, a judge set Clemente’s bail at $1 million. His arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 8.