Rock Valley man charged with First-Degree Murder & Arson

Wed 12-6-2017 Rock Valley,IA

(Rock Valley)-Murder and arson charges have been formally filed against a Rock Valley man in connection with the death of his Grandfather in October.

Nineteen-year-old Santos Rodriguez, Jr. is scheduled to be arraigned on December 11.  Investigators say Rodriguez admitted to stabbing his  84-year-old Grandfather, Luis Luevanos on October 29.  Officials say Rodriguez, Jr.  then intentionally set a fire at the home. The body of Leuvanos was discovered by authorities after responding to a report of a fire inside the residence.

Rodriguez was arrested in early November in Utah and was extradited to Iowa.

He is scheduled to be arraigned next Monday in Sioux County District Court.