According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, on April 29, 2021, Verdejo-Sánchez "executed a premeditated plan" to kill Rodriguez Ortiz, who was pregnant. She got into his Dodge Durango, and while in the car, Luis Antonio Cádiz-Martínez and Verdejo-Sánchez pumped her with drugs, then tied her to a cement block. They drove to the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge, and the two men threw Rodriguez Ortiz into a lagoon below.
Verdejo-Sánchez "later jumped into the lagoon in order to finish murdering both victims."
According to The Associated Press, Cádiz-Martínez pleaded guilty last year and testified against Verdejo-Sánchez during his trial. Cádiz-Martínez revealed he called police and informed them where he and Verdejo-Sánchez left Rodriguez Ortiz’s body. She was reportedly still alive when they tossed her into the water.
The Associated Press reports Rodriguez Ortiz had fentanyl and a horse sedative in her system. Prior to the murder, Verdejo-Sánchez reportedly told Rodriguez Ortiz to get an abortion.
Verdejo-Sánchez competed in the 2012 Olympics in London and later became a professional boxer in the lightweight division.
U.S. Attorney for Puerto Rico W. Stephen Muldrow said following the sentence, "Today’s life sentence rightly holds Verdejo-Sánchez responsible for the pain and suffering he inflicted on his victims. To this day, the defendant maintains his unrepentant attitude. Like Verdejo-Sánchez now knows, anyone who commits cold-blooded crimes of violence in violation of federal law will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by the Justice Department and this office."