Man testifies about seeing man, wife at cemetery

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Jurors are hearing more testimony in Michael Rodriguez’s murder trial, Tuesday. Prosecutors said he stabbed his estranged wife to death in 1979.

Jurors saw graphic pictures of what Patty Rodriguez looked like when a cemetery worker found her body around 8 a.m. on Good Friday, 1979. Family members in court cried when the worker told jurors the dirt around her body was ripped up and he said it looked like “she went through a battle.”

Prosecutors have charged her estranged husband Michael Rodriguez with second-degree murder. The 21-year-old mother had been stabbed 108 times in Lackawanna.

A man who knew the defendant 30 years ago said he saw him and the victim go into the cemetery in the middle of the night after he saw them at Danny Boy’s bar. He said he ran away when he saw them because he was meeting a man near the cemetery and didn’t want to be seen. The witness was gay but not out. He called the police the next day when his mother told him the victim’s body was found in the cemetery where he saw the defendant and the victim go into.

The defense attacked the credibility of the witness Tuesday morning. The defense asked if the man was drunk. He said he wasn’t a big drinker and was only buzzed the night he saw them.

Monday was an emotional and dramatic day in court. Two of Rodriguez’s ex-girlfriends testified, you can review what happened on provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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