Woman held in death of her husband

Shooting of man at home was reported to police as a suicide

`Some things didn't add up'

Wife, 35, is charged with first-degree murder and is denied bail


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.

Walter Gray Rogers' death is the county's fifth homicide this year.

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."

The homicide unit took over the investigation and conducted more interviews with the victim's wife. After Laura Ann Rogers gave police a statement, Jordan said, the detectives decided to file the homicide charges against her.

Laura Ann Rogers told police she had recently learned her husband had been sexually abusing a juvenile female, police said. Jordan said that information appeared to be connected to the shooting.

Detectives said they also determined that Laura Ann Rogers had purchased the firearm used in the shooting April 23 - the day before her husband was shot.

"We never classified it as a suicide," Jordan said. "We were suspicious from the time we arrived."

Police ask that anyone who has information about the shooting call the county's homicide unit at 410-222-3458.

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