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A Gila Bend man is accused of shooting his brother to death during an argument about dinner.

Albert Celaya Rodriguez, 56, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of second-degree murder, according to court documents.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday from Rodriguez’s neighbor, who said he found Rodriguez’s brother deceased in the backyard. Deputies confirmed the man had head trauma consistent with gunshot wounds.

The neighbor told deputies that he first went to Rodriguez’s home and alerted him to the body, but Rodriguez claimed not to know his brother was dead in the backyard.

Rodriguez told deputies that he and his brother work together driving trucks and, after a tiring day of work Monday, they got into an argument about making dinner.

Rodriguez said he “snapped” when his brother, who had been drinking, took a pot of soup from the stove and threw it into the backyard, court documents said.

Rodriguez grabbed a revolver from a backpack and fired the gun at his brother until it was completely empty, sheriff’s deputies wrote in court records. 

Rodriguez then returned to the living room and sat, thinking his brother had passed out, according to court documents. It further states that Rodriguez did not try to help his brother; instead, he kicked his brother’s foot at a later time and received no response. 

Deputies said Rodriguez decided not to report the incident because he wanted to wait for work or for someone else to call, court records indicate.

Rodriguez is scheduled for a hearing June 9 in Maricopa County Superior Court.


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