Man Allegedly Kills Wife, Dies by Cutting off Own Legs

January 22nd, 2010 by – A coroner says a Liberal couple died last week after the man suffocated his wife and then cut his legs with an electric saw and bled to death.

Liberal police discovered the bodies of 36-year-old Jose Angel Rodriguez and 39-year-old Alicia Rodriguez in their home Wednesday while responding to a missing persons report.

The coroner says that Alicia Rodriguez was suffocated with a pillow and that Jose Rodriguez then used a skill saw to cut both of his legs to the bone. He bled to death.

Investigators believe the couple was dead in their bedroom on Jan. 9 when their two teenage children found a note saying they had gone to Garden City. Police broke down the door four days later after a missing persons report was filed.

The family moved to Kansas from Texas in 2008. Funeral services are planned in El Paso.

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