Lufkin averages about one to two murders a year. But less than three months into 2007, the police department is now investigating three killings that happened within two weeks of each other.
Lt. David Young said, "On the Claudia Rodriguez murder, that is largely done. Our investigators are pretty much through with that. We do have some evidence out at the labs but the bulk of the work is done on that one."
Investigators arrested 20-year-old Darrell Ivey for the murders of Claudia Rodriguez and her unborn child. He's accused of shooting her in the head during a fight at their home last month.
The first murder of the year happened just days earlier when the partially naked body of Sherry Ann Moore was found in a wooded area in Lufkin Land.
"They're still working really hard on that one," said Lt. Young. "We don't have an arrest on that yet, but they've done an awful lot of work on that. It went from little more than a body in the woods to having narrowed down a lot of things there, but that one's still undergoing investigation and we're working very hard."
Last week, Angelina County authorities began a murder investigation of their own - a murder-suicide in the community of Homer. In that case, investigators said Raymond Thompson shot and killed his wife, Mary, before turning the gun on himself.
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