BOXER Félix Verdejo could face the death penalty after being charged with kidnapping and killing his pregnant lover.
The Puerto Rican, who fought in London’s 2012 Olympics, is accused of drugging Keishla Rodriguez, shooting her and throwing her off a bridge.
The body of Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz was found in a lagoon in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Saturday, two days after she was reported missing by her family.
Verdejo turned himself in to cops on Sunday after refusing to co-operate with investigators, according to police.
He has been charged charged with kidnapping and carjacking resulting in the death of Rodriguez and with intentionally killing an unborn child.
Judge Camille Velez yesterday confirmed the case was “death penalty-eligible”.
A criminal complaint filed against the boxer by the FBI accuses him of punching her in the face and injecting her with a syringe filled with an unidentified substance.
Police said Verdejo then bound her arms and feet with wire, tied a heavy block to her and threw her off a bridge at 8.30am on Thursday.
He then shot her with a pistol as he stood on the bridge, the complaint claims.
An unnamed witness reportedly helped the boxer kidnap and kill Rodriguez.
Rodríguez’s family said she was pregnant with Verdejo’s child at the time of her alleged murder.
Verdejo is married but had known Rodríguez since middle school and kept in touch with her, the victim’s mother Keila Ortíz said.
Ortíz said that her daughter had called her before she vanished Thursday and told her that Verdejo was coming to her house to see the results of a pregnancy test she'd taken.
Ortíz said she warned her daughter to "be careful", as Verdejo "had already threatened her," she claimed.
She said Verdejo had told her daughter not to have the baby, citing his career and family.
Rodriguez's death has sparked a wave of protests in Puerto Rico, with hundreds of protesters gathering at the bridge where her body was found on Sunday.
It came shortly after where another woman was recently found burned to death after she filed a domestic violence complaint that a judge dismissed.
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