Special to the News-Times
AUSTIN — The arrest of 41-year-old Freeport woman put to rest a double murder case committed in Cleveland in 2005.
Shelley Susan Thompson-Lemoine was arrested on July 8 at the parole office in Angleton by Texas Rangers and detectives from the Cleveland Police Department. She was charged with capital murder in connection with the deaths of Antonio and Luz Rodriguez.
Bond is set at $1 million dollars.
Reports state that on April 14, 2005, Antonio and Luz Rodriguez were found dead in their home on West Waco Street in Cleveland by their daughter. Cleveland PD and the Texas Rangers investigated the crime scene and continued the investigation until it ultimately went cold.
However, as the result of a conviction, DNA was collected when Thompson-Lemoine was incarcerated in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility. It was submitted to the DPS crime laboratory and later entered into the Combined DNA Index System.
In early March 2021, Cleveland detectives were notified by CODIS of a possible connection and they requested the assistance of the Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program. In 2022, the DPS lab confirmed a DNA match with Thompson-Lemoine.
Earlier this month, investigators conferred with Liberty County District Attorney Jennifer Bergman-Harkness, and an arrest warrant was issued.
Since an arrest has been made, the case has become active, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Texas Rangers or the Cleveland PD.
The Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program was created to assist Texas law enforcement agencies investigating unsolved homicides or violent serial crimes. Since there is no statute of limitations on the offense of murder, investigators pursue these cases to a successful resolution or until no viable leads remain.