The Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter was shot dead in a home invasion, police say

Jailed ex-politician indicted in killing of Vegas journalist

A well-known former political figure and convicted liar and scoundrel is charged with the murder of a national security reporter who was killed in a home invasion, the U.S. attorney’s office said Tuesday.

Santiago Maldonado, whose real name was Luis Garcia, was arraigned on murder charges after a judge ordered him held without bond.

Maldonado, 69, was one of the most powerful politicians in the state of Nevada.

Vegas Review Editor Paul Hornblower announced last week he was leaving the paper after 15 years to spend more time with his family. He was with the business pages for 17 years and the editorial pages 11 years.

The two newspapers joined forces to produce a single newspaper, The Review, in 2002. The publication has been called Nevada’s finest in history.

Hornblower said he had no comment about the new charges. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment.

A woman was shot dead Saturday night, and her suspected killers fled the scene, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said. The victim’s husband, who was not identified, told police he heard a loud noise and found his wife dead. According to the police report, she suffered some kind of gunshot wound.

According to a criminal complaint, the man said he shot his wife six times. They identified the victim as Andrea Rodriguez, 33, of Las Vegas. She was described as a local TV personality and a reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The attacker shot Rodriguez as she approached him with flowers at her home in the 14000 block of N. Charleston, police said in a statement. A witness saw the man, who was wearing a blue hoodie and a red baseball cap, near the home and called police, the statement said.

The suspect fled eastbound on Charleston, according to police. No one was arrested in the crime.

Police said Rodriguez was killed in the home invasion as she tried to get a gun from the man. She held the weapon in her right hand and approached the man who was seated in a chair in the living room of the home. He began shooting at her, but she managed to flee the scene.

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