For almost a decade, the gruesome discovery in 1994 of a woman's body dumped in a 55-gallon garbage can behind a San Antonio church went unsolved.
Police finally caught a break when a convict in Michigan had to provide a DNA sample as a parole requirement. Run through a national database, Rodrigo Hernandez's DNA linked him to the abduction, rape and strangling of 38-year-old Susan Verstegen in Texas.
On Thursday, the 38-year-old Hernandez is set for lethal injection for her murder.
Lawyers for Rodriguez trying to block the punishment have an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Verstegen's slaying is one of two tied to Hernandez. Two years ago, DNA tests similarly linked him to the 1991 slaying of a homeless woman in Grand Rapids, Mich.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.