Prosecutors: suspect said he strangled woman before dumping her body in a cemetery

Aug 20, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man accused of killing his girlfriend told investigators he strangled her in an Omaha park and then dumped her body in an open grave he'd seen in a nearby cemetery.

Those and other details about the death of 19-year-old Melissa Rodriguez were aired during a bail hearing Tuesday for Mikael Loyd. He's charged with first-degree murder in her slaying. Her body was found Thursday at Graceland Park Cemetery in southeast Omaha.

The judge ruled that the 19-year-old Loyd must remain in jail without bail.

Loyd and Rodriguez met at Hitchcock Park on Wednesday. They argued, made up and argued again.

Prosecutors say Loyd said he killed Rodriguez because she reminded him of his mother, whom he blamed in his father's death.

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