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A Texas man has been accused of beating his mother’s ex-boyfriend “into submission” before tying him to a truck and dragging him “for a lengthy distance down the road,” then setting the truck on fire.
Robert Hoffpauir, 37, is now facing charges of murder in the violent death of 60-year-old Roman Rodriguez, who was found behind his burned-out truck Sunday night just north of Rye, Texas, according to a statement from the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.
“It is unusual and it’s a situation that got totally out of control,” Liberty County Sheriff’s Capt. Ken DeFoor told local station KPRC.
Liberty County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene around 10 p.m. Sunday night after receiving reports of a “burning pickup truck” along a county road.
Investigators discovered evidence at the scene that led them to the home of Hoffpauir and his mother, Timey Ann Cole.
According to authorities, the night Rodriguez was killed he had gone to the home of Cole, his ex-girlfriend, when a “domestic disturbance” broke out.
“During this physical altercation, 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 sheriff’s office said.
Hoffpauir allegedly dragged Rodriguez from the home “for a lengthy distance down the road,” before lighting the vehicle on fire and abandoning it on the road, authorities said.
Investigators are waiting for an autopsy to determine whether Rodriguez was been alive at the time he was dragged.
Hoffpauir is currently being held in the Liberty County Jail on a $1 million bond.
The case against him is being investigated by the sheriff’s office, Texas Rangers and the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office.
Authorities are asking for anyone with information about the incident to contact the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at (936) 336-4500 or the Multi-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-7867.
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