Girlfriend at Heart of Burglary That Ended With 3 Teens Dead

Elizabeth Rodriguez allegedly had prior knowledge of the Oklahoma home
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2017 8:03 AM CDT
Girlfriend Charged in Burglary That Killed Beau, 2 Others
Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez   (Wagoner County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Elizabeth Rodriguez believed there were pricey items inside the Broken Arrow, Okla., home of the Peters family. It was for precisely that reason that she planned the home invasion that would get her boyfriend and his two friends killed, police say, per Tulsa World. Rodriguez, 21, has admitted to breaking into an apartment at the home around midday Monday alongside boyfriend Maxwell Cook, 19; Jacob Redfearn, 17; and Jaykob Woodruff, 16, the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office tells KTUL. The group then decided to search the entire home later that day, police say. This time, Rodriguez waited outside in her vehicle as the teens entered, only to be discovered by the homeowner's son, 22-year-old Zach Peters, who had grabbed an AR-15, police say.

Cook, Redfearn, and Woodruff were all shot and died at the scene. Rodriguez fled but later surrendered to police. She could now face murder and burglary charges. But "I feel like I could still go over to their house and walk in and see everybody sitting on the couch," says a friend of the young men who last saw them Sunday at the Collinsville home Cook and Redfearn shared with Rodriguez. "They just made a bad judgment call, and they ended up dying because of it." Others are also in shock, claiming a home invasion was entirely out of character for the teens. "I just don’t see why he would do something like that,” says a family friend of Redfearn. "I feel like there's a lie, and nobody has found it out yet." Rodriguez is due in court on April 5, per ABC News. (Read more home invasion stories.)

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