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Trial begins in death of mother who spoke out against MS-13 after daughter’s murder

Posted: 3:15 PM, Feb 27, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-27 15:15:04-05
Annmarie Drago, pictured on the left, and Evelyn Rodriguez, pictured on the right.

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY — The trial began Thursday for a woman accused of stealing from a memorial for a slain teen and fatally running over the teen's mother.

Annmarie Drago is charged with criminally negligent homicide, petit larceny and criminal mischief in the death of Evelyn Rodriguez. Rodriguez, 50 had a memorial set up for daughter Kayla Cuevas, 16, on Sept. 14, 2018. She was killed two years to the day after Cuevas' body was found. The teen and her friend, 15-year-old Nisa Mickens, were ambushed by alleged MS-13 gang members in 2016.

Drago took items from the memorial for Cuevas because she was worried it would prevent the sale of her mother's home at the location, according to the criminal complaint. When Rodriguez confronted the other woman, Drago allegedly accelerated and ran over Rodriguez.

If found guilty of the most serious charges against her, Drago faces up to four years in prison.

During her arraignment, Drago's attorney said what happened was an accident.