On the other hand, Hispanics, whites and Asians were more likely to have their cases solved.Hispanics, for example, made up about 40 percent of all female homicide victims and about 35 percent of known unsolved female homicides, according to the data.• Video: The search for a killer “It’s like a dream; this is not real,” her mother said.“I want to have justice for Sharon, but I’m leaving it all up to God.” The odds of Edna Santos seeing her daughter’s killing resolved are in her favor, since cases involving female homicide victims in Los Angeles County are significantly more likely to be solved.“Given who is more likely to kill women, often people who know them, often more intimate partners, perhaps that gives (law enforcement) a better avenue for investigation and a better avenue for rates and conviction for solving the crimes,” said Priscilla Ocen, associate professor of law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Men were also more than twice as likely to be killed by strangers than women.
“(We) are doing what we can and we do have the pressure that he’s getting out of prison — and that’s always a concern,” Kelley said.
Another case involves the homicide of 19-year-old Edwinta “Winnie” Hereford, whose nude body was dumped along the 105 Freeway near Paramount one May morning in 2010. Sean Kelley, who was the lead investigator on the case for years.
The only suspect identified in her slaying is Eriberto “Eddie” Rodriguez , a former Los Angeles Police Department officer and twice convicted sex offender who worked as a handyman at the upscale Scott Villa Apartments in Burbank where Santos lived.
why should we believe there’s probable cause that he was the murderer? Rodriguez was hired by the LAPD as an officer in May 1987 and went through six months of rigorous training with the police academy before he was assigned to Central Division patrol in November 1987, a clerk with the LAPD’s Personnel Records Department said.
He left the department in January 1988 for undisclosed reasons. Victim Nivia Molina, who worked at a market with Rodriguez, testified that he lured her to his apartment in 1994, then bound and raped her at knife point.