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Woman visiting parole office arrested, charged in cold case murder of Liberty County couple; $1M bond set

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CLEVELAND, Texas – DNA has connected a Freeport woman to the 2005 double homicide of a couple who was found dead by their daughter inside the family’s Liberty County home, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said.

On July 8, Shelley Susan Thompson-Lemoine, 41, was arrested at a parole office in Angleton by the Texas Rangers and detectives from the Cleveland Police Department. She was charged with capital murder in the deaths of Antonio and Luz Rodriguez. Bond has been set at $1 million.

Investigators said, on April 14, 2005, the husband and wife were found dead in the home they shared on West Waco Street in Cleveland, Texas, by their daughter. Cleveland PD and the Texas Rangers investigated the crime until it ultimately went cold.

Sometime after their deaths, Thompson-Lemoine was convicted of another crime and was sent to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) facility. Upon entry into the jail, her DNA was collected, submitted to the DPS crime laboratory and later entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

In early March 2021, Cleveland PD detectives were notified of a hit from CODIS and they requested the assistance of the Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program.

In 2022, the DPS lab confirmed the DNA match. In early July, investigators conferred with Liberty County District Attorney Jennifer Bergman-Harkness and, with sufficient evidence, an arrest warrant was issued for Thompson-Lemoine.

While an arrest has been made, this is still an active investigation, officials said. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Texas Rangers or the Cleveland PD.

The Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program was created to assist Texas law enforcement agencies investigating unsolved homicides or violent serial crimes. Since there is no statute of limitations on the offense of murder, investigators pursue these cases to a successful resolution or until no viable leads remain.

The Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program was created to assist Texas law enforcement agencies investigating unsolved homicides or violent serial crimes. Since there is no statute of limitations on the offense of murder, investigators pursue these cases to a successful resolution or until no viable leads remain.

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Sourabh Verma,From Franklin Tn - Sub-editor in Asian News International(ANI) I am a detailed-driven journalist with 3+ years of experience in news writing and copy-editing, I can file quick, compelling and error-free stories as they break. I have sound knowledge of national and international issues and have covered stories across beats, including politics, parliament, legal and crime like drugs and Human Trafficking at Asian News International (ANI), where I currently work. Some of these include extensive coverage of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, several state Assembly elections, Parliament sessions, COVID-19 pandemic and other stories of national importance. A typical working day involves copy-editing dozens of drafts, managing junior sub-editors in shifts and keeping an eye on developing stories. This added responsibility followed a couple of years of filing stories based on press briefings, bytes and inputs from reporters on the ground.
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