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Rhode Island double murder suspect had previous murder charge dismissed

April 13, 2013: Daniel Rodriguez stands during his arraignment in Kent County District Court in Warwick, R.I., for the killing of  Vanessa Perez and her mother Evelyn Burgos in Johnston, R.I., on Sunday.

April 13, 2013: Daniel Rodriguez stands during his arraignment in Kent County District Court in Warwick, R.I., for the killing of Vanessa Perez and her mother Evelyn Burgos in Johnston, R.I., on Sunday.  (AP/Pool, The Providence Journal)

The man charged with killing two women and kidnapping a 2-year-old boy in Rhode Island has a criminal history that includes a previous murder arrest.

Daniel Rodriguez was charged in the 2003 shooting death of 26-year-old Tyrone Tate in a Providence housing project. According to WPRI-TV, court records show that case was dismissed in 2006 after a witness failed to appear in court.

Rodriguez was also charged in 2007 with the attempted kidnapping of a former girlfriend. WJAR-TV reports that case was dropped when she refused to testify.

Rodriguez is now charged with killing another ex-girlfriend, 40-year-old Evelyn Burgos, and her daughter, 25-year-old Vanessa Perez in Johnston on Sunday. He also is accused of abducting Burgos' 2-year-old son, Isaiah Perez, who was later found unharmed in Providence.

Burgos recently sought a restraining order against Rodriguez.