Lawrence man arrested on murder charge

A Lawrence man was arrested Monday in connection to a murder in the YMCA rooming house he lives in, authorities said.

Martin Rodriguez, 61, was charged with murdering Jose Burgos, 53, at the rooming house of the Lawrence YMCA. Burgos was found dead around 8 a.m. by building managers after a visiting nurse could not make contact with him in his fourth-floor room. Rodriguez lives on the same floor as Burgos.

The state’s medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine how Burgos died.


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