Where is Warren Mackey Now?

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A devoted single mother who was strangled to death in her home yards from her young son’s bed was killed in June 1993, and the California hamlet of Port Hueneme was the scene of a horrifying murder. Norma Rodriguez was murdered, and after questioning the suspect and performing a lie detector test, it took police ten years to identify the killer. Betrayed: Flirting With Death on Investigation Discovery explains this horrifying and strange situation to viewers in a clear and sequential manner. We have the information you need if you want to know what happened on that horrible day in June 1993 and where the perpetrator is currently located. So let’s just get started.

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Murder of Norma Rodriguez

How did Norma Rodriguez die?

On November 15, 1960, Mercedes Norma Garcia Rodriguez founded Hidalgo County, Texas. She was a single mother to two sons, Andrew, 11, and Austin, 4, and worked at Kmart in Oxnard. She was a beloved and respected resident of Port Hueneme in Ventura County, California. So it was shocking when she was found dead in her East B Street apartment on June 1, 1993.

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The victim’s ex-husband, Tony Rodriguez, who had arrived at the scene with his brother Hector Rodriguez, found the body. The ex-husband claimed he was scheduled to show up in the morning to pick up the two sons and take them to school. However, after several unsuccessful knocks, he used a credit card to pry open the door and enter the home, where he found his ex-wife lying dead on the floor. While instructing his two boys to go to their bedrooms and wait for the police to arrive, he had called 911 and reported the incident.

The 32-year-old victim was found strangled with his face taped when police arrived at the scene. Hector admitted to cutting some of the tapes and said he did so in the hope that Norma would still be alive at the time. Although the crime was violent, it was apparent to authorities that the killer had worked hard to stage the scene. Both blood and evidence of forced entry were absent from the scene. It was evident that the murder was not malicious, as Norma’s purse was found in her bedroom and there was little evidence of a fight at the scene. All of these facts supported the claims of specialists that the killer was believed to be someone who knew Norma and that her refusal to look at her directly was evidenced by the hiding of their faces. A pair of house keys were also found next to the body, and her shorts were slightly undone.

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Who Killed Norma Rodriguez?

When Port Hueneme police first suspected Tony, they arrested him and his brother and took them to the station for questioning. However, Tony had a solid alibi for the time of the murder. He had witnessed the incident firsthand while watching a baseball game with his brother and older son Andrew. Andrew also told detectives that when he was dropped off at his home late at night, he found the front door closed and the house completely dark. He sneaked into the house through the back window of his bedroom. His younger brother Austin reportedly said to him at the time, “Mommy’s got a band-aid on her face.” Andrew, however, paid little attention and fell asleep. When they cleared themselves of suspicion with the lie detector, Tony and Hector were also exonerated.

Investigators learned of one Corey, who was allegedly in the home at the time of the murder, after speaking to Austin. Corey Davis, a nervous guy who worked with Norma, denied having had a romantic relationship with her aside from the occasional office interaction. He was also removed from the list of suspects after passing a lie detector test. Police then learned of another colleague, Beatrice, who claimed to be one of the employees who went to Norma’s house for a barbecue the day before the murder. She also revealed how the party host misplaced her house keys. Eventually, the police realized how the intruder entered the house without using any force.

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A second suspect was identified after careful review of Norma’s guest list: Warren Mackey. Warren vehemently denied claims by Norma’s co-workers that he was trying to develop a romantic relationship with her against their wishes. He claimed that after he last left the party and watched TV with her, he went to a bar with his roommate and his roommate’s girlfriend. This claim was supported by the couple, and Warren also passed a polygraph exam.

The case was dropped as there was no further evidence. But it wasn’t until ten years later, when a lab official finally used newly developed technology to match DNA collected from the crime scene, that the case was finally solved. The DNA matched Warren’s exactly. Police eventually realized that Warren’s use of the stolen keys to get into Norma’s house and suffocate her was motivated by his anger at the rejection. Investigators were stunned, and one of them even said, “Of everyone we dealt with, he was probably the coolest customer in the group. It just amazes you. A true sociopath can dodge a lie detector test, so use caution when dealing with them.

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Where is Warren Mackey today?

When police began investigating Norma’s case, Warren voluntarily gave them his DNA. He was arrested in August 2003 on suspicion of killing Norma. Warren pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years of life imprisonment within two years of his arrest. According to government records, he was being held in a California prison.

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Oralia Garci, the victim’s sister, later said: “It still hurts like it happened yesterday. She is missing in my life. This injury does not recover. We just pushed it to the side. We must keep moving forward and live for Norma.

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