Suspect In 2012 Fatal New Britain Beating Charged With Murder

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Alexis Rodriguez. (Courtesy of New Britain Police Department)

NEW BRITAIN — A 32-year-old man suspected of fatally beating his ex-girlfriend’s 70-year-old father nearly two years was charged on Tuesday morning with murder and tampering with evidence.

Alexis Rodriguez is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon at Superior Court in New Britain.

James Joseph Sr., a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, was found in his South Main Street house on May 13, 2012, severely beaten. He had been struck in the head with a blunt object several times, police said. In addition to head trauma, he suffered a broken neck and spinal cord damage.

Police said Joseph had driven to a Valero gas station down the street from his apartment about 6:45 a.m. that Sunday. The assault was reported about an hour later.

There were no signs of forced entry, police said. Some money was stolen from Joseph during the crime, police said.

Joseph died a few days later, on May 17.

Police suspected Rodriguez of the crime early on and he was arrested on unrelated charges.

He has been in custody at MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, serving a two-year sentence for violating a restraining order, according to state Department of Correction records.

New Britain police obtained a warrant in February, charging him in Joseph’s murder.

By Hilda Muñoz, Hartford Courant

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