Serial killer suspect speaks at first court hearing since his arrest

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Serial killer suspect, Jose Gilberto Rodriguez spoke in court for the first time since his arrest on Wednesday morning. Rodriguez has been accused in a crime spree that includes 3 homicides.

Prosecutors read the probable cause document connected to the death of 62-year-old Pamela Johnson, whose body was discovered in her Cypress home Friday.  Investigators then stated that the gun Rodriguez possessed when captured was connected to Johnson's death, according to prosecutors.

At a critical point toward the end of the hearing, Rodriguez was asked if he had an attorney, Rodriguez said, “Requesting to be appointed one.”

The judge then asked, “Are you a United States citizen?" Rodriguez then replied, "Yes."

The judge ordered Rodriguez held in jail without bond.

A third murder charge is expected to be filed against Rodriguez in the murder of a 28-year-old manager at Mattress Firm near Willowbrook Mall.

Jose Rodriguez was finally caught yesterday morning in northwest Harris county when a driver recognized him from the news and call 911. He’s suspected of committing 5 violent crimes, including 3 murders, in about a week’s time. But investigators say Rodriguez was unaccounted for a few days before the first suspected crime on July 9th. Detectives think he might’ve committed other crimes during that window of time.

Rodriguez was out on parole after serving 25 years in prison. He was wearing an ankle monitor and staying at a halfway house in fifth ward until he disabled the GPS. Yesterday we talked to his landlord who says she never felt threatened by the accused killer. 

"Something happened that set him off. I don’t know what it is. I wish I knew."

Deputies say Rodriguez didn’t say anything to them during that arrest