Laurel woman charged with first-degree murder in fatal shooting of husband

April 28, 2004|By Rona Kobell | Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County police have charged a Laurel woman with first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband over the weekend.

Laura Ann Rogers, 35, was charged Monday with first-degree murder after detectives looked further into the circumstances surrounding the death of her husband, Walter Gray Rogers, 43. The death initially was reported to police as a suicide.

Rogers was denied bail yesterday, a spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County state's attorney said.

Police responded to a 911 call placed from the Rogers' home in the 8200 block of Main St. in Laurel at 7 a.m. Saturday. They found the victim with a gunshot wound to the upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His wife was home at the time of the 911 call, but it was not clear who called, police said. Family members in the home at the time told police that they believed Rogers had shot himself with the shotgun.

But the officers were skeptical, said Anne Arundel police Lt. Joseph Jordan.

"Some things didn't add up for them," Jordan said. "The original officers thought something was amiss, so they contacted our homicide unit."

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