Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Houston Teen Stuffed Mom's Corpse in Suitcase

Each generation thinks the one that follows it is disrespectful, lacking in morals and more selfish than their predecessors. More than 2000 years ago, Socrates said, "Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers." Those lines could just as easily have come right out of one of today's many parenting magazines. However, with the dangerous side of the internet, a constant barrage of images from the media, and a variety of other issues faced by so many families today, our fears for the upbringing of our young people seem to find an unprecedented number of sources these days. With the investigation this week involving two Houston teenagers, we are again left wondering what went wrong.

Gerson Funes-Reina, 19, is being charged with the murder of his girlfriend's mother after her body was found stuffed inside a suitcase. The discarded traveling accessory was discovered by a passerby on a secluded private road and investigation of the contents revealed a woman, Maria Rodriquez, who had been strangled. While the court documents state that the murder weapon was a "rope or unkown ligature," there apparently is no mention as to why the young man decided to commit such a heinous act.

Priscilla Rodriquez, who is only seventeen, apparently chose loyalty to her boyfriend over that towards her mother. She has confessed to helping Funes-Reina put the body in the suitcase and she has been charged with the abuse of a corpse.

As I mentioned many times before on this blog, the attorneys at Bertolino LLP believe that everyone is entitled to an aggressive and thorough defense when accused of a crime. This is the only way to ensure equal protection to everyone, both innocent and guilty. If you are in need of a criminal defense attorney, please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office to discuss your case.

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