JANESVILLE - A Beloit man charged in the death of a 27-year-old Milwaukee woman appeared in Rock County Circuit Court Monday afternoon, with a criminal complaint against him shedding more light on the Nov. 1 suspicious death.
Marco A. Rodriguez, 50, is charged with one count of hiding a corpse after he told investigators that Nakiela A. Thompson died at a location in the Town of Beloit before he dumped her body near the Road Ranger truck stop on Gardner Street in South Beloit.
The complaint filed Monday against Rodriguez shows Rodriguez met Thompson on Halloween in Beloit before going back to where he lived and worked at R&D Tire, 1591 Huebbe Parkway.
He told investigators that after exchanging text messages with Thompson, he believed the pair would have sexual relations in exchange for money, according to the complaint. Rodriguez said "he had been paying" Thompson to have sex with him over the course of the last two months, the complaint added.
Rodriguez said during an encounter Thompson began "acting strange," with the defendant noting she began to have complications breathing and began to foam at the mouth, according to the complaint.
Rodriguez told investigators he "panicked" following the incident.
An autopsy of Thompson showed she died due to asphyxia of uncertain cause, noting that "cocaine intoxication" was a contributing factor in her death, the report said.
Responding detectives from Winnebago County noted bruising "all over her face" and a cut on her forehead when she was found underneath a semitrailer face down in a field adjacent to the overnight semi truck parking area, the complaint said.
Rodriguez told investigators after his Dec. 14 arrest that he did not kill Thompson.
Thompson was identified through assistance from the FBI.
Rodriguez had his Rock County Jail court appearance continued until Tuesday afternoon after the court failed to secure an interpreter for the jail court hearing.