Final of 8 defendants indicted in connection with March 2018 Northampton murder case arraigned


Chelsea Rodriguez, 22, of Northampton was arraigned in Hampshire Superior Court today on multiple charges in connection with the March 10, 2018 death of Daniel Cruz.

Judge Daniel Ford ordered her held on $250,000 cash bail without prejudice. She is due back in court on Monday, Jan. 28 at 9 a.m. for a bail hearing and a hearing on a protective order requested by the Commonwealth which would limit the defendant’s access to certain identifying information of the witnesses in the case.

Rodriguez is facing the following charges: Accessory After the Fact to Murder, Burning Personal  Property, Withholding Evidence from Criminal Proceeding (two counts), Conspiracy (two counts), and Improper Disposition of a Human Body.

Rodriguez was indicted in this case on Nov. 26, 2018 after which a warrant issued for her arrest.  She was arrested in DeLand, Florida, on Dec. 6, 2018, and held pending extradition back to Massachusetts.  She was extradited from Florida yesterday, being transported by Massachusetts State Police troopers assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.

“All eight individuals indicted by a Hampshire grand jury on November 26, 2018, for their alleged involvement in the murder of Daniel Cruz in Northampton on March 10, 2018, or the subsequent concealment of that crime, have now been arrested and arraigned in court. We now transition to the process of moving these cases through the court system with the continued goal of seeking justice for Daniel Cruz and his family,” said Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Suhl, who is prosecuting this case.