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Texas man killed after being tied to truck, dragged down the street

Bond set at $1M for suspect jailed on murder charge
Robert Eugene Hoffpauir, 37, was arrested Sunday and charged with murder for the death of...
Robert Eugene Hoffpauir, 37, was arrested Sunday and charged with murder for the death of 60-year-old Roman Rodriguez, of Rye, Texas.(Liberty County Sheriff's Office)
Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 5:33 PM CDT
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LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) - Investigators in East Texas arrested Robert Eugene Hoffpauir, 37, on Sunday evening on a murder charge in connection to the killing of Roman Rodriguez, 60, of Rye, Texas.

Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Lead Investigator Sean Mitchell said Rodriguez was involved in a domestic disturbance at the home where Hoffpauir lives with his mother, Timey Ann Cole.

The fight erupted over “a former relationship between Rodriquez and Cole,” Mitchell said.

Rodriguez was “severely beaten into submission by Hoffpauir, who then tied a tow strap around the waist of Rodriguez and attached the other end to the pick-up truck belonging to Rodriguez,” the investigator said.

The evidence allegedly indicates Hoffpauir then dragged Rodriguez from the home “for a lengthy distance down the road where the truck and Rodriguez was abandoned and then the truck was set on fire by Hoffpauir.”

Hoffpauir was booked into the Liberty County Jail on a one million dollar bond.

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