Cold case suspect arraigned in resident's murder this morning

Milford police completed the extradition process of accused murderer Luis A. Rodriguez on Tuesday, gaining custody of the man they allege murdered Milford resident Kelsey Monahon in 2001.

Milford police and the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Ansonia-Milford issued an arrest warrant for Rodriguez in January of 2011. Rodriguez, 53 had been serving a prison sentence in federal prison in Oklahoma prior to his extradition.

In a police statement, press information officer Jeffrey Nielsen said Milford officers took custody of Rodriguez in New York City after members of the United States Marshall Service transported him there from federal prison in El Reno, Oklahoma.

Kelsey Monahon who was 28 when she was found dead in her Shorefront Road apartment on May 25, 2001 was strangled, according to an autopsy report.

Rodriguez is being held on a $2 million bond after being arraigned at Milford Superior Court on Wednesday morning.