North Texas man to face death penalty in wife’s drowning

Rodolfo Arellano (Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors in North Texas say they will seek the death penalty against a man accused of drowning his wife by throwing her off a bridge after tying a rope attached to concrete around her neck.

Court records show the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office filed a notice on Sept. 16 of intent to seek the death penalty against 34-year-Rodolfo Arellano.

Arellano, from Fort Worth, is charged with capital murder in the death of his 28-year-old wife, Elizabeth.

Her body was pulled from Lake Worth after authorities were called April 16 about a possible suicide from a freeway bridge. Authorities say the couple had separated and Elizabeth Arellano was planning to divorce her husband.

Rodolfo Arellano remains jailed on a $500,000 bond. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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