Rodriguez Charged With Murder

Country singer Johnny Rodriguez, known for crooning such hits as “Pass Me By,” “You Always Come Back (to Hurting Me)” and “Ridin’ My Thumb To Mexico,” was charged with murder early Saturday morning, in the shooting death of Israel Borrego, an acquaintance he had known for several months. According to Rodriguez’s attorney, Alan Brown, “Johnny was across the street at his brother’s house. He heard noise, they had had problems with burglars. He walked across the street.” Brown stated the singer entered through the front door and took a gun from a shelf. “It was dark, an intruder came toward him,” Brown said, “He surprised Johnny.” Borrego was shot once in the abdomen. The singer’s attorney said Johnny realized who the intruder was only after the single shot was fired. “Borrego had been coming uninvited,” Brown said. “He had been told not to be in the house.” According to the San Antonio Express-News, police would not discuss a possible motive. Rodriguez was being held on $250,000 bond.