Jury selection to begin for man accused of killing Hollywood toddler

Keith Wilson

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for a man accused of killing a 3-year-old girl more than a decade ago.

Keith Wilson was arrested in 2013 in Kentucky for allegedly killing Pilar Rodriguez, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said.

Rodriguez disappeared in 1999 from a motel in Punta Gorda, deputies said.

Wilson’s girlfriend at the time of the incident, Melissa Harding-Jones, was also arrested in 2013 and pleaded guilty to accessory, deputies said.

Harding-Jones, who was Rodriguez’s babysitter, told officials Wilson beat Rodriguez to death, threw her body inside a duffel bag and then dumped it somewhere, deputies said.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

Reporter:Kristi Gross
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Writer:Katherine Viloria
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