Vicente Rodriguez-Ortiz, 22, may win the prize for the worst arraignment in history. In Grand Rapids, Mich,, the defendant was facing a charge over the murder of Andre Hawkins. When the judge finished explaining the arraignment, Rodriguez-Ortiz asked about his “other murder case.” That led police to link him to the March 2017 murder of Laurie Kay Lundeberg. Now he is facing two murder prosecutions.
The murder of Hawkins involved an array of serious offenses including Open Murder, Felony Firearms violations, Felonious Assault, Domestic Assault and Battery in the death of Andre Hawkins in the 1100 block of 2nd Street NW Tuesday night. He will now stand trial a second time for Lundeberg’s murder.