LAKE JACKSON — More than three months after Trisha Lynn Rodriguez’s mother found her dead, a Brazoria County grand jury indicted an Angleton man on a first-degree murder charge, court documents show.

The suspect, Darrell Anthony Adell Jr., 30, is accused of using a bottle and other unknown objects to apply blunt force trauma to Rodriguez’s head, the indictment alleges. He also forced her to come into contact with an unknown surface, according to the indictment.

Adell and Rodriguez have a 2-year-old son together, and the child was in the Greenvale Court home at the time investigators believe his mother died, Lake Jackson Police Chief Paul Kibodeaux said.

The detective who led the investigation went to Adell’s workplace in Houston to arrest him after the grand jury handed up the indictment Friday morning, Kibodeaux said. Adell remained at Brazoria County jail on a $100,000 bond Saturday, according to jail records.

Rodriguez’s mother found her dead when she went to check on her daughter, Kibodeaux said, and she called police to report it at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21.

Rodriguez and Adell entered into a temporary custody agreement of their 2-year-old son in May 2017, when the child was 3 months old, court records show. On Feb. 20, the day before Rodriguez’s death, a motion filed by attorney William Terry sought an increase in the amount of child support from Adell. A hearing had been set for March 6, according to online records.

A petition filed March 21 requested access to the child for his maternal grandmother, who had been denied access by Adell, the document states.

The grandmother “believes this denial of possession of and/or access to the child will significantly impair the child’s physical health and emotional well-being,” the document states.

Terry declined to comment about pending litigation, but said Rodriguez was well-loved. Rodriguez had been a cheerleader at Brazoswood High School and the University of Texas, where she earned an engineering degree, Terry said.

“This has been a tremendous loss to the family, the community, to those who knew and loved her,” Terry said. “She was a great girl who had a bright future.”

Rodriguez was a supervisor at Dow Chemical Co. and very well-liked, Kibodeaux said, adding many people reached out to the department because they were concerned about her death.

Murder is punishable by up to life in prison.

Maddy McCarty is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0151.

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