Landscaper Charged With Murdering Man Over Weed Whacker

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This is not the weed whacker at issue.

Vincente Rodriguez thought he found a free weed whacker abandoned on the side of the road in northern Liberty County a couple weeks ago — though it couldn’t have been more expensive.

Early Sunday morning, Rodriguez was fatally shot over the weed wacker when its owner came hunting for it, according to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Not long after midnight, police said a man came to Rodriguez’ door and strangely began telling Rodriguez’ wife he would like to buy their lawnmower — which was not for sale.

Just then, Rodriguez’s wife peeked over the man’s shoulder and saw their vehicle was in flames, she told investigators Sunday. Rodriguez came rushing out to extinguish it — which is when another man fatally shot him.

For more, read the Houston Press‘s full story about the incident.

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