Surveillance video, court documents offer insight to Stacy Duke murder

Stacy Duke, in red, is seen in a still image taken from surveillance video. Duke, 15, was strangled April 10, 2017. (Provided photo)

Surveillance video obtained by Eyewitness News appears to confirm at least some of the timeline provided by a witness in the Stacy Duke murder investigation.

Duke, a 15-year-old runaway, had assumed a false identity some time before her death. Many knew her as 22-year-old Angelica Cortez.

The footage shows an altercation Duke had with a male that a witness tells us was her boyfriend. During the conflict, Duke throws the man a cellphone and then calls to a passing car, which stops and takes her away.

The driver of the vehicle is Lydia Ramirez, who spoke to Eyewitness News last week. She said Duke was her friend.

She said Duke chose to go with her when she went to a home on Dore Drive in south Bakersfield, where she'd left her children with a sitter.

When they arrived at the home, Ramirez went to retrieve her children, and she said Duke went to a detached garage on the property.

But she never left.

Police believe Duke was killed by 23-year-old Gerardo Rodriguez in that garage. Rodriguez lived at the residence with his parents.

In a search warrant affidavit obtained Tuesday, police write he was "... alone with the victim for some period of time, inside the garage where the victim died."

That report adds that Rodriguez was found outside the garage shirtless, sweaty and muttering to himself that he was sorry.

Police also mention in the affidavit that its possible the suspect and the victim had dated previously.

Rodriguez was charged with murder and the DA's office believe he raped or attempted rape her. A call to his public defender was not returned Tuesday.

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