Cousins face murder charge in man’s strangulation

04/07/2014 12:00 PM

04/07/2014 12:01 PM

Two men have been arrested in connection with the strangulation of a 33-year-old man found dead inside his truck a year ago.

Eusebio “Boo Boo” Rodriguez, 35, of Fort Worth, was arrested Wednesday. He remained in the Mansfield jail Monday with bail set at $50,000.

On Friday evening, police arrested Rodriguez’s cousin, Danny Roy Davila, 36, of Haltom City. Davila was released Saturday after posting bond.

The cousins are accused in the death of Luis Miguel Duenez, 33.

Duenez’s body was found April 18 in the front seat of his 2002 Dodge pickup in a parking lot in the 4900 block of Old Benbrook Road. Police found evidence that a struggle had occurred in the pickup.

An autopsy determined Duenez had been strangled with a ligature.

Swab samples taken from inside the truck led to a DNA profile that matched Davila in a database.

On March 26, Davila agreed to talk to homicide detectives E.C. Pate and J. Cedillo and admitted his involvement in the slaying, police said.

Davila told the investigators that he was driving Duenez’s truck when an altercation took place between Rodriguez and Duenez. Davila told the detectives that he held Duenez while Rodriguez assaulted him, the affidavit states.

“Danny describes on multiple occasions that Eusebio placed his hands around Duenez’s throat,” the affidavit, written by Pate, states.

During the struggle, Davila told police, his own right hand was cut and bleeding.

After the incident, Davila and a blood-covered Rodriguez abandoned Duenez’s truck with the man’s body inside and walked to Davila’s girlfriend’s nearby house. Davila said he borrowed a car and drove Rodriguez to a relative’s house to get him out of the area, the affidavit states.

Tarrant County court records show Rodriguez has previous convictions for evading arrest, possession of a controlled substance and assault of a family member.

Davila, the records show, had misdemeanor convictions of possession of inhalant paraphernalia and failure to identify.

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