A Texas man found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound is believed to have murdered his much-younger wife before killing himself.
KMOV reports that police found both Edward Rogers Jr. and Alyssa Marie Mejia Rogers dead on Monday in the Arlington home where they had previously lived together. Edward, 66, was reportedly found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and police are still working to determine how his 24-year-old wife was killed.
According to the Star-Telegram, Rogers allegedly called his son in California shortly before he killed himself, and admitted to murdering his estranged wife eight days earlier. The Dallas Morning News reports that a friend claimed to have seen Alyssa’s dead body in a freezer the day before Rogers died.
The friend, a former co-worker, reportedly told police that he and Rogers had plans to go out for drinks on Sunday night, and Rogers picked him up at home before driving back to his own home, claiming he had left his wallet behind. When they arrived, Rogers allegedly told the friend that he had killed his estranged wife amid a contentious divorce battle. When the friend was unconvinced, Rogers allegedly opened a freezer in his garage and showed the friend Alyssa’s dead body.
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According to an affidavit obtained by the Dallas Morning News, the friend told police that Rogers “grabbed the buttocks of the deceased person, smirked, and stated that it was cold.”
Court records obtained by KMOV showed that Alyssa Rogers had taken out a protective order against her husband following a domestic assault. Rogers was convicted and was set to appear for his sentencing in August.
According to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, Alyssa Rogers was originally from the Philippines. The couple reportedly had a young child together, but his mother is believed to have left the child with family when she recently visited her native country
Rogers had previous assault arrests and went on trial for manslaughter in 2004, but a hung jury led to the case being dismissed.
The medical examiner is reportedly working to determine Alyssa Rogers’ cause of death.
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