The Oklahoma City woman accused of dragging and killing her boyfriend with her car claims she acted in self-defense.
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Maria Rodriguez went before a judge on Tuesday for her probable cause video hearing. And it was during that hearing that she claims she acted in self-defense.
Maria Rodriguez shook her head, as the judge told her she was being held for second degree murder in the death of her boyfriend Uriel Ontiveros. She also broke down in tears as she tried to tell the judge her side of the story.
Family members we spoke with Monday afternoon confirm both Maria Rodriguez and Uriel Ontiveros had a volatile relationship, saying they fought all the time. They also confirm that Rodriguez is a married mother of one, but had been dating Ontiveros for about a year.
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But Rodriguez painted a very different picture for the judge.
"I am innocent. I was trying to leave from abuse and he jumped on the truck and he fell," Rodriguez said.
According to court papers, Rodriguez and Ontiveros had been out dancing and drinking that Sunday night, and when they returned to his home near S.W. 30th and Klein, they got into a fight.
They say Rodriguez tried to leave, but that Ontiveros pulled her out of her truck and would not let her leave.
They confirm when she tried to get back in the truck to drive away, Ontiveros grabbed onto the truck and tried to open the door. And it was when he let go, he was run over by the truck.
Court papers also confirm Rodriguez called 911 for help and went back to the scene to try to help Ontiveros. But then got back in her truck and drove home.
We checked and neither Rodriguez nor Ontiveros ever filed a VPO. Rodriguez is being held without bond.
She is yet to be formally charged.