Update: Motive and OPD Timeline Revealed in Melissa Rodriguez Murder


During a court hearing Tuesday, prosecutors told the judge Mikael Lloyd murdered his girlfriend, 19-year-old Melissa Rodriguez, because she reminded Loyd of his mother, with whom he was angry with and blamed for the murder of his father in 1995. Channel 6 News spoke with a family member of Loyd who confirmed Loyd was upset with his mother.

According to the arrest affidavit, Loyd admitted to strangling Rodriguez and dragging her body to the open grave at Graceland Park Cemetery, near 42nd L Streets, on August 15. There, he allegedly took her phone and underwear.

Police recovered the cell phone battery in a dumpster at 24th and Leavenworth but have not yet found the rest of the phone. According to court documents, Loyd told officers he threw Rodriguez's underwear away.

Channel 6 News spoke with a close family member of Mikael Loyd, who asked to not be named. She said for his entire childhood, Loyd had been upset with his mother, and felt as if she abandoned him. The family member identified Loyd's mother as Chuvonne Curry and said she currently lives in Charlotte, NC. She also said they have tried to contact Curry, but she will not answer or return calls.

The family member said, though, that as far as she knew, Mikael's Mom did not have anything to directly do with his fathers murder. Rather she told Channel 6 Loyd believed his mother did not love him, and felt resentment, because he wished he had a father growing up.

According to Channel 6 News archives, Mikael's father, Michael Loyd, was killed at the age of 18. It happened on his front porch on 41st and Corby on October 26, 1995. Mikael, was just 1 and a half years old. The death was ruled a homicide.

In court Tuesday, a judge denied bond for Loyd. He is expected back in court for a preliminary hearing on September 10.

Channel 6 News spoke with a close family member of Mikael Loyd, who asked to not be named. She said she does not justify Loyd's actions by any means, but says if his admission is true, he murdered Rodriguez because he is mentally sick.

The woman told us family members have been getting Loyd mental health help his entire life, and he suffered from depression and other mental issues. She said she saw his personality take a turn for the worst in the last couple of years.

The family member told Channel 6 what most concerns the Loyd family is that the Omaha police department called them Monday suggesting Loyd needed help and they were concerned for his safety. Following this he was checked into Lasting Hope Recovery Center. The woman said she wished he would have been taken into custody at that time.

Lasting Hope would not comment on the matter. Late Tuesday afternoon, authorities released a timeline of activity leading up to the death of Ms. Rodriquez and the subsequent arrest of Mikael Loyd. Here is the statement from police:

"The Omaha Police Department would like to extend our condolences to Melissa Rodriguez’s family. Many questions have surfaced surrounding Mikael Loyd’s warrant status and the timelines of events leading up to his arrest. We have been actively looking into the matter and would like to take an opportunity to share what the investigation has yielded thus far."
Timeline of events:

Thursday August 8, 2013
Mikael Loyd initiated contact with two Omaha Police detectives at Omaha Police Central Headquarters regarding an unrelated matter. During the conversation, detectives became concerned about statements Loyd made and decided to take action. Loyd had a misdemeanor warrant but due to his state of mind, they decided to place him into emergency protective custody at Lasting Hope.

Monday August 12, 2013
Mikael Loyd called 911 from the Lasting Hope facility wanting to turn himself in for a misdemeanor warrant. Officers responded to Lasting Hope but after speaking to staff were under the impression that Loyd was still under emergency protective custody so he could not leave.

Wednesday August 14, 2013
Mikael Loyd was released from Lasting Hope and left the facility.

Thursday August 15, 2013
Melissa Rodriguez was found deceased at Graceland Cemetery located at 4720 South 42nd Street.

Friday August 16, 2013
Mikael Loyd was booked for 1st Degree Murder.

The OPD statement concludes, "We have spoken to Melissa Rodriguez’s parents, Angela and Adan Rodriguez in person to explain the timeline of events."


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