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Frisco man sentenced to life without parole for capital murder

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Tymothy Pfeiffer, 34, of Frisco, was sentenced to life without parole for the Capital Murder of Juan Rodriguez, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.  

In August 2015, Pfeiffer planned the robbery of Rodriguez, a longtime friend. Because of their previous relationship, Pfeiffer knew Rodriguez kept large sums of money in his apartment. Pfeiffer bought a gun off the street and he, along with two associates, drove from Farmers Branch to Rodriguez's apartment in Frisco. Pfeiffer went up to Rodriguez's apartment, shot Rodriguez once in the chest, took his phone and wallet, and fled back toward Farmers Branch. As Rodriguez lay dying in the breezeway, two neighbors attended to him and called 911. The neighbors heard Rodriguez's final words: "Tym Pfeiffer shot me."

Frisco Police Department investigators identified Pfeiffer using police reports he had been named in. They later learned that within an hour of the murder, one of Pfeiffer's accomplices had pawned Rodriguez's phone and attempted to use his debit card. Investigators also used cell phone mapping software to place Pfeiffer inside Rodriguez's apartment complex at the time of the murder.

Of note was a recorded phone call from the jail between Pfeiffer and his brother. The brothers engaged in a coded conversation that, when translated, showed that Pfeiffer was at the scene of the murder.

The jury deliberated for two hours before finding Pfeiffer guilty of Capital Murder, which carries an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole.

Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Ashley Keil and Thomas Ashworth prosecuted the case, aided by District Attorney Investigator Robin Laughon.  Judge John Roach, Jr. presided over the case.