An man called a “predator” by police has been accused of stabbing a woman to death at a gym in a luxury apartment in Indianapolis.
Cody Weir, 25, was arrested Saturday and charged with murder in the death of 23-year-old Carina Rodriguez, the mother of a young son who had recently moved to the city from Texas to go to school and start a new life, WXIN-TV reports.
Rodriguez was found dead Friday at the 9 on Canal apartment complex, Indianapolis Metro Police said in a press release. Weir, who is believed to be homeless, let himself into the building using a key fob that belonged to a friend who previously lived in the complex, according to court documents obtained by WRTV. He has admitted to brutally killing Rodriguez in an apparent random attack, according to police.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Weir Told Police He Got a Drink of Water to ‘Calm Himself Down’ Before Killing Rodriguez
Cody Weir was record on video surveillance cameras inside the lobby of the complex. Police released the footage, which you can watch above, and said a person who knows Weir called to identify him after seeing it. Weir had used a key fob to enter the 9 on Canal apartment complex and knocked on the door of a locked gym inside the building Friday about 2:45 a.m., according to court documents obtained by WRTV. Police said in the probable cause document that Carina Rodriguez was inside the gym working out, and let Weir inside. Investigators do not believe that Rodriguez knew Weir.
Weir told police he said “thank you” to Rodriguez, and then went to a nearby water found to get a drink to “calm himself down,” according to the court documents. He then swung at Rodriguez with a knife and she fell to the ground and told him to take her belongings, police said in the document. Weir told police he remembered having a knife in his hand and her telling to “take my stuff.” He said he ran after stabbing Rodriguez, according to court documents. She suffered stab wounds to her right shoulder and neck area, resulting in her death, the coroner said.
Police said Weir pulled the knife out of his waistband about a minute after being let into the gym, and struck Rodriguez with it. Rodriguez fell to the ground and a short struggle ensued, police said. Weir ran out of the gym, police, said, while Rodriguez stood up and tried to use an iPad, before collapsing again. According to court documents, Rodriguez fell to the ground unresponsive about 2:49 a.m. after she was stabbed.
Police said Rodirguez was found inside the gym several hours later, about 6 a.m., by two men who live in the apartment complex. They called 911 and began performing CPR on Rodriguez, but realized she was already dead, according to court documents. Adam Lottes told WTHR-TV that his two roommates were the men who tried to save her.
“They came back from, well, they didn’t work out, but they came back in the morning from going down to the gym, which they usually go to every day at six, said they found a body laying on the ground,” Lottes told the news station. “You have your adrenaline pumping to work out, not to see that. (It’s) a little nerve wracking. I asked a lot of people about the canal [before moving in a few months ago] and they said it’s really nice and that usually stuff like this hardly ever happens here. It was a shock to me.”
Rodriguez was found with “obvious signs of trauma,” police said in a press release. Weir was taken into custody by police not long after the surveillance video was released. A friend of his called detectives to identify him, according to court documents.
“The IMPD would like to take this opportunity to thank all who called in with tips and our media partners for sharing information about this incident which led to the quick apprehension of the suspect,” police said in the press release. “IMPD is not seeking any other suspects and believe there to be no further threat to public safety in reference to this incident.”
Weir was interviewed by detectives and confessed to the crime, WXIN-TV reports. He was booked into the Marion County Jail later Saturday on a preliminary charge of murder.
“You could tell he knew why we were there,” Police Chief Bryan Roach said of the moment police arrested Weir near a business in Avon, Indiana, where Weir last resided. “(He was) tearful at one point, knew it was happening, knew it was coming I think… It was encouraging, that you can tell a community that we have someone that impacted their community so bad.”
Police searched Weir’s car, a Pontiac Grand Prix, that was parked in a handicap spot near the apartment complex’s main entrance, according to court documents. Police said they found a Gerber-brand fixed-blade knife with possible blood on the handle and blade, along with a hooded jacket with a Batman symbol, a pair of jeans and work boots. Police said the clothing and boots also possibly had blood on them.
2. He Sent Sexually Explicit & Harassing Text Messages Including Nude Photos of Himself, to a Woman Right Before the Murder
A woman who went to high school with Cody Weir said the accused killer sent her lewd messages on Facebook just hours before Rodriguez was attacked, WXIN-TV reports. “It was pretty nasty, I’m not going to get into it,” Jessica Haines told the news station. “But it wasn’t anything you’d want your daughter to be receiving on her phone.”
Haines gave WXIN screenshots of the text messages, which you can see in the tweets above and below. Similar messages were sent by Weir before and after the murder, the news station reports.
The messages contained solicitations for sexual acts and Haines said he also sent her nude photos of himself. She told WXIN she wasn’t the only woman who received the messages. “I know about 11 different women who got the same kind of messages as me around the same time frame,” said Haines. She said she reported the messages to police and encouraged other women who received the unwanted “sexts” to do the same.
A detective told WXIN-TV that Weir is “a predator” who was prowling for a target of opportunity when he found and killed Rodriguez.
Haines told the news station that she remembered Weir having an “off-beat personality” and being “weird,” adding, “This honestly doesn’t surprise me. What surprises me is that this hasn’t happened sooner.”
3. Weir Was Accused of Raping a Woman at Gunpoint in 2013, but Was Found Not Guilty
Weir was accused of raping a woman at gunpoint in 2013, the Indianapolis Star reports. He was charged with rape, criminal confinement while armed with a deadly weapon, burglary by breaking and entering, intimidation and pointing a firearm at another person, by police in Avon, Indiana, in December 2013, according to court records. But he was found not guilty by a jury after a two day trial in November 2014, the Hendricks County Flyer reports. Further details about the case were not immediately available.
“The judge issued an order for the Avon PD to release the handgun used in the alleged 2013 rape incident, a black Beretta 9mm,” Avon Assistant Police Chief Brian Nugent told the Flyer. “We were also ordered to the return the ammunition.”
While awaiting trial in that case, Weir was arrested by Avon Police in October 2014 and charged with driving under the influence, according to court records. His bail in the rape case was revoked as a result. He later pleaded guilty to the DUI charge and was sentenced to 60 days in jail in December 2014, which he had already served. Weir’s record in Indiana only shows speeding tickets issued in 2013 and 2009.
Weir is originally from Danville, Indiana. On his now-deleted Facebook page, where he called himself “Cody Deadmanwalking Weir,” he said that he served as an “11B Infantryman” in the Indiana National Guard, but details of his military service were not immediately available. According to court documents in a paternity case involving his daughter, Weir was “on military duty” in December 2016, when a hearing in the case was scheduled.
4. Rodriguez Wrote in a Heartbreaking Facebook Post to Her Son,’I Promise to Never Let You Down & Focus All of My Energy on You & Only You’
Carina Jean Rodriguez was the mother of an 11-month-old son, according to her Facebook page. One of her last posts shows a photo of her with her son, Luke, and a message to him.
“I promise to never let you down and focus all of my energy on you and only you. I love you so much Luke.. forever and always 💙,” Rodriguez wrote August 27 in her last public Facebook post.
Rodriguez was originally from Texas and recently moved to Indianapolis to go to school, raise her son and start a new life, friends told WXAN-TV. “She had recently gone back to school when she moved to Indiana and was doing amazing,” Ashley Lazo told the news station. “Always working so hard to get straight A’s. I mean, just the other day, she was upset for missing 4 questions on a test.”
“It’s just so difficult to believe how this could happen to such a good person. Everyone from friends and family to people she would just meet remembers her as so full of life. That’s how she always was, always welcoming everyone and never letting anyone go without a smile. And if a person around her was not happy, she would find a way to make them happy whether it be with kind words or with a smile,” Lazo said.
She was studying to get her medical assistant associate degree at Brightwood College, according to her Facebook page. In August she wrote a status update with the “feeling determined” emotion, saying “My goal is to graduate with honors this summer and of course go back to school later on to get my bachelors degree in the medical field.”
Rodriguez lived with her boyfriend in Indianapolis. She posted on Facebook in June about an early morning workout, similar to the one she was doing when she was killed.
Done with my workout for the day 💪🏻,” she wrote at 4:50 a.m. “Wifey duties while I wait for the sunrise so I can relax for a little bit and meditate. After that mommy duties and actually starting my day with Luke lol. Mondays are always the worse but it’s okay you will survive lol. Hope y’all have a wonderful day! Stay Blessed.”
In May, she wrote about how her new life in Indy was going. “Everything has been perfect since I left Dallas. I think this move was just what we needed. ❤️ Just got approved to move into our new apartment next week, I’m praying I get this clinic job by our neighborhood and that everything works out. I miss my family and friends so much already but I will see y’all soon❤️ Thank you God for blessing us with positive energy around us, being by our side and looking over my little family🙏🏻❤️.”
Brightwood College, where she was studying, released a statement from President Brent Jenkins, saying, “The Brightwood College in Indianapolis community is deeply saddened by the death of Carina Rodriguez. Carina was a kind person and a diligent student who was well-liked by her peers and teachers. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carina’s loved ones. The school will make grief counselors available to our students, instructors and staff, as needed, to help them through this difficult time.”
Rodriguez’s son will turn 1 on October 28, and her 23rd birthday would ave been October 29.
A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help Rodrigue’z family pay for her funeral and memorial. You can make a donation here.
“I can’t believe the news I got today, so gut wrenching. I pray that God is watching over her family and most importantly her son, and I pray that he continues to guide them through life and helps them deal with this pain. So sad, so young and we were all so proud of how amazing she was doing. Please donate any bit will help her family in this tough time,” Lazo wrote on Facbeook.
5. Weir Is Being Held Without Bail on a Murder Charge & Is Set to Make His First Court Appearance on Tuesday
Weir is being held without bail at the Marion County Jail on a murder charge, according to online records. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, October 17, at 1 p.m. before Judicial Officer Sheila Carlisle for an initial hearing, records show. It is not known if he has hired or been appointed an attorney.
Residents of the 9 on Canal complex said they are concerned about security after the murder. They told WTHR-TV that a door heading to the gym area isn’t always locked, and one resident said ensuring that was always locked “would be a quick improvement, for sure.”
“Cops in the lobby. There were obviously some small tents that were up for some of the evidence,” Cameron Schnick told the news station about the scene of the crime. “There were splatters of blood in the area. Awful, awful, absolutely awful.”
In a statement, 9 on Canal said, “”We are aware of a death earlier today in the property’s gym. We are cooperating fully with authorities as they investigate.” A spokesperson told WTTV that an exterior door to the building is not required to be locked because it provides access to another gym and a burger restaurant. The spokesperson told the news station that all doors in the building that were required to be locked were at the time of the murder, including access to the residences and the door to the gym where Rodriguez was found dead.