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Suspects appear in court after body found in duffle bag in Suffield

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Three people from Hartford were charged in connection with their roommate's killing and made their first appearance in court Wednesday.

The boy of 56-year-old Peter Boateng, who was a native of Ghana, was found by hikers Friday stuffed in a duffel bag along a popular trail in Suffield.

Police said Boateng was killed by blunt force trauma with a baseball bat inside his apartment on South Marshall Street in Hartford after an argument over rent.

Investigators said money problems led one of the roommates to commit the crime, with the others helping him cover up the crime.

Police were told by his roommates that Boateng had moved out a few weeks earlier.

Jose Rodriguez, 34, is in jail facing murder and other charges. Police said he is the one who killed Boateng.

Anthony Hudson, 42, was charged with accessory and conspiracy to commit murder and other charges. Rodriguez's girlfriend Meaghan Cowles, 28, was charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.

The three suspects were arraigned at Hartford Superior Court Wednesday morning.

Through court documents, Rodriguez told police he hit Boateng a few times with a bat and decided "he was at the point of no return and was committed."

After striking Boateng a few more times, Rodriguez tied him up, placed his body in a large duffel bag, and dumped Boateng on a trail near where Cowles was raised.

Police said Cowles rode up with Rodriguez in Boateng's car to dump the body, helped clean up the apartment and directed her boyfriend to dump the body on a trail.

While Hudson, who was home at the time, did not participate in the homicide, police said he did not do anything to stop it.

After their appearances, Rodriguez had his bond raised to $2 million, and Hudson's was increased to $1 million.

Cowles's bond still remains at $750,000 because her public defender told the judge that she is cooperating with the investigation.

"I just worry that he cry for somebody for help," said Sandra Boateng, who is the victim's sister. "And there's no help, and that's why it hurts."

Sandra Boateng said she spent part of Wednesday at the funeral home preparing for her brother's burial.

"It hurts," Sandra Boateng said. "I'm very, very sad."

Eyewitness News tried to get a comment from friends and family of Rodriguez, but they did not want to talk with the television station.

All three are due back in court on Aug. 7.

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