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Mother of Liberty County dragging death suspect arrested

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 10:28 AM CDT
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LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - A woman accused of tampering with evidence in connection with the dragging death of a Rye man has been arrested.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Texas Rangers, arrested 56-year-old Timey Ann Cole Wednesday afternoon. Cole was charged with tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse in connection with the alleged murder of 60-year-old Rye resident Roman Rodriguez on Saturday. Cole’s son, 37-year-old Robert Eugene Hoffpauir was arrested on Sunday and charged with murder and abuse of a corpse.

Timey Ann Cole was arrested Thursday in connection with the dragging death of a Rye man on...
Timey Ann Cole was arrested Thursday in connection with the dragging death of a Rye man on Saturday.(Liberty County Sheriff's Office)

Investigators say statements from Cole and Hoffpauir claim Rodriguez had gone to the home of Timey Ann Cole and her son, Robert Hoffpauir. When Rodriguez arrived, a domestic disturbance occurred due to a former relationship Rodriguez had with Cole.

During this altercation, Rodriguez was severely beaten into submission by Robert Hoffpauir, according to investigators. Hoffpauir allegedly then tied a tow strap around the waist of Rodriguez and attached the other end to Rodriguez’ pick-up.

According to evidence found, investigators say it appears that Hoffpauir then dragged Rodriguez from the home for about a mile down the road where the truck and Rodriguez were abandoned, just south of the Polk-Liberty county line.

“At this point we don’t know if Rodriguez was deceased at the time he was attached to the truck or the dragging itself killed him,” Liberty County Sheriff’s Captain Ken DeFoor said. “The autopsy will reveal that.”

As investigators continue to review evidence and other possible information, the case remains under active investigation.

Previous reporting: Liberty County man killed after allegedly being dragged behind truck, burned by son of ex-girlfriend

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