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Jury Convicts ‘Dragon’ in Double Slaying

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Rigoberto “Dragon” Rodriguez was convicted Wednesday in a grisly 2010 double homicide in Northwest Albuquerque.

After a weeklong trial, a Bernalillo County jury found Rodriguez guilty on two counts each of first-degree murder, conspiracy, armed robbery and tampering with evidence.

In January 2010, David and Connie Maldonado were at their home on Keswick NW. David Maldonado was shot once in the head ,and Connie’s throat was slashed, police said at the time.

Police said Rodriguez was tired of being shorted during heroin deals, so he had his girlfriend arrange a drug deal on Jan. 27, 2010.

Then, police said, Rodriguez and an accomplice entered the home and killed the pair while the girlfriend waited outside in the car.

Rodriguez is facing two life sentences for the murder charges, in addition to more time for the other convictions.

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