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Milwaukee man charged with murder of woman found in rolled up air mattress

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A Milwaukee man has been charged with the murder of Jessica Rodriguez who was found near 11th and Burnham on April 16. Rodriguez's body was found rolled up in a carpet on the street, in the criminal complaint police revealed that it was actually an air mattress that she was rolled up in.

Police were called to the location around 4 p.m. that Friday and found a deflated air mattress with an extension cord wrapped around it. Inside the mattress was a blanket and under the blanket police saw a human leg. Officers checked and did not see any signs of life.

The Medical Examiner determined that Rodriguez had been shot in the chest and knee and chest wound is what killed her.

40-year-old Donte Harris has been charged with first degree intentional homicide in the shooting homicide of Rodriguez.

A witness told police that Rodriguez was a prostitute who went by the name "Princess" or "Precious". She was with Harris who was known as "P" and a known drug user and dealer.

The witness said he was in the house near 11th and Burnham when an argument started between Harris and Rodriguez. Harris told the victim to sit down or move which she refused to do. Harris then told her to pick up her clothes or leave the house. The witness then said he saw Harris shoot Rodriguez two or three shots.

In a court appearance on Friday a judge ordered Harris a $100,000 cash bond. His next hearing is scheduled for May 7.

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