Autopsy finds Wichita woman was beaten to death with shovel

December 06, 2017 - 8:47 pm

Court records indicate a woman who was killed in Wichita in November apparently was beaten to death with a shovel.

Perla Rodriguez, 42, outreach director for the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, was found dead in her home Nov. 14. Her boyfriend, Travis Becker Jr., 37, has been charged with first-degree murder.

A probable cause affidavit states when Wichita officers forced their way into Rodriguez's home, they found her with several traumatic injuries to her head and throat. They also found a wooden handle shovel inside the bedroom, with the shovel blade covered in blood and hair.

Becker was arrested at his sister's home in Olathe. He remains jailed on $250,000 bond.

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