JANESVILLE

The man accused of moving a dead body from the town of Beloit to a truck stop south of the Illinois border last month might be in this country illegally.

Marco A. Rodriguez, 50, of 1591 E. Huebbe Parkway, town of Beloit, made his initial appearance in Rock County Court on Tuesday. Assistant District Attorney Gwanny Tjoa said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had placed a hold on Rodriguez.

Public defender Matthew Lantta told the court that Rodriguez has a green card, which allows him to live and work in this country, but the card has expired.

Court Commissioner Larry Barton set a $10,000 bond in the case.

Tjoa explained afterwards that what typically happens in the case of an “ICE hold” is that Rock County can conclude its case against the defendant, and then the federal agency is allowed to take action against him.

Rodriguez is accused of hiding the body of Nakiela A. Thompson, 27, of Milwaukee.

Rodriguez told investigators he had paid Thompson for sex and that she died while or after she had sex with him at his residence the night of Oct. 31, according to the criminal complaint.

An autopsy concluded Thompson died of asphyxia complicated by cocaine use, the complaint states.

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