The Texas Department of Public Safety says that the Texas Rangers have arrested a 41-year-old woman and charged her with capital murder for the double homicide of a Cleveland, Texas, couple in 2005.
Texas Rangers arrested Shelley Susan Thompson-Lemoine of Freeport on July 8 at the parole office in Angleton. Detectives from the Cleveland Police Department also assisted in the arrest.
According to Texas DPS, on April 14, 2005, Antonio and Luz Rodriguez were found dead by their daughter in their Cleveland home on West Waco Street.
Ultimately the case went cold despite the investigation from Cleveland police and the Texas Rangers.
A qualifying conviction provided for Thompson-Lemoine’s DNA to be collected upon entry into a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) facility. It was submitted to the DPS crime laboratory and later entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
Cleveland police detectives received a notice of a hit from CODIS in March 2021 and they requested the assistance of the Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program. In 2022, the DPS lab confirmed the DNA match. Earlier in July, investigators conferred with Liberty County District Attorney Jennifer Bergman-Harkness, and, with sufficient evidence, an arrest warrant was issued for Thompson-Lemoine for capital murder.
While an arrest has been made, this is still an active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Texas Rangers or the Cleveland Police Department.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Thompson-Lemoine has a bond of $1 million dollars.
The Texas Ranger Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program was created to assist Texas law enforcement agencies investigating unsolved homicides or violent serial crimes. Since there is no statute of limitations on the offense of murder, investigators pursue these cases to a successful resolution or until no viable leads remain.