Dead, accused in alleged Grand Island homicide had Lincoln connections

Dead, accused in alleged Grand Island homicide had Lincoln connections

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Grand Island police arrested a woman and her son Wednesday on suspicion of killing the woman's live-in boyfriend.

A passer-by found the body of Paulo Rodriquez, 51, in the intersection of South Eddy and West Phoenix streets at about 2:40 a.m. Wednesday, Grand Island police said.

Officers then arrested Virginia Grant, 52, and her son Jeremy Grant, 21, on suspicion of second-degree murder. Rodriquez, Virginia Grant's boyfriend, lived with the Grants at 918 S. Eddy St. in Grand Island, Officer Roger Philbeck said.

Before that, it appears all three lived in Lincoln.

As recently as 2009, Virginia Grant listed her address as 1911 R St. in Lincoln, according to Lancaster County Court documents. Her son also listed a Lincoln address. Rodriquez gave a Lincoln address in a 2008 court case.

All three people police say are involved in Wednesday's incident appeared in Lancaster County Court numerous times in recent years.

Virginia Grant's convictions in Lancaster County include attempted child abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal trespassing. Jeremy Grant's include trespassing, criminal mischief and disturbing the peace.

Paulo Rodriquez was sentenced here to one to two years in prison for driving on a suspended license. He also was convicted on a concealed weapons charge and had numerous assault convictions.

Philbeck said he's not sure what let up to Rodriquez's alleged homicide Wednesday.

Officers had been called to the house at 918 S. Eddy St. earlier in the night Tuesday because of an argument, Philbeck said. No one was arrested after that incident.

The Grants are set to appear in court Thursday. An autopsy was performed on Rodriquez Wednesday, according to a news release from the Grand Island Police Department, but no further information was provided.

Reach Zach Pluhacek at 473-7234 or zpluhacek@journalstar.com.

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