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UPDATE: Neighbor Recalls Night of Alleged Fargo Murder

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UPDATE 6:00 PM

"Maybe 7:15, 7:30 we saw a body removed from the house, which was quite scary."

Reaction from a neighbor, as she watched the aftermath of an alleged murder right before her eyes.

Ronald Rogers of Fargo is behind bars on murder charges, after allegedly shooting and killing his wife.

Police were called to a South Fargo home just after 10:15 p.m. Tuesday for an apparent suicide. Elizabeth Rogers was found dead with a gun shot wound to the head. Her husband, Ronald, said she fired the gun at him, and as he tried to take it from her she turned it on herself.

Neighbor Amelia Wegscheid recalls the police scramble Tuesday night. "My husband came in maybe 10:45 and woke me up and told me the fire truck was outside and there's paramedics," says Wegscheid.

She lives just across the street from 3522 30th Avenue South on the second floor of an apartment building with a clear view of everything.

"Just kinda checked it out to see if there were still people there, there were all night long."

Wegscheid watched police cars come and go, but something did not seem right to her. She says, "I checked out the dispatch log and checked to see what was up, and it said suicidal person, but I said 'no way.'"

Police investigated the inside of the home through Wednesday morning, and around 7:30 Wegscheid says she saw a body rolled out.

"It was quite scary."

But things just were not adding up between what was found in an autopsy and what was found with further investigation inside the house, so police executed a second search warrant. Early Friday morning, Ronald was re-interviewed and arrested on suspicion of murder.

Though, Wegscheid says this doesn't surprise her a whole lot. "I just remember when they moved in because they, I was hearing the "F-bomb" every other word, so I looked out the window," she says.

Wegscheid says Elizabeth was yelling at Ronald, and in her opinion, it did not seem like a good situation.

"If she treated him like that all the time, I mean someone gets to their breaking point, they just can't take it."

Ronald Rogers is being held in the Cass County Jail on $1 million bail. Cass County State's Attorney Birch Burdick says bail was set that high because the murder charge can mean life in prison without parole, and a charge that serious can sometimes cause a defendant to want to flee.

A preliminary hearing for Ronald is tentatively set for 8:30 a.m. Monday.

UPDATE 12:20 PM

Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes says Ronald Rogers, 46, of Fargo was arrested Friday morning for the murder of his wife Elizabeth Ann Rogers, who was found with a gunshot wound to the head Tuesday, February 19.

Ronald Rogers tells police the gunshot wound was self-inflicted, but police say investigators noticed inconsistencies with his statements. On Thursday night, police executed a search warrant at the couple's home at 3522 30th Avenue South, and were there until the early morning hours Friday.

Police say they had enough probable cause to arrest him, and Rogers was taken into custody early Friday morning. He is being held in the Cass County Jail on a $1 million bail.

ORIGINAL STORY

The Fargo Police Department will hold a news conference at noon Friday to provide information to the public on the investigation of a recent homicide. Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes will lead the news conference and answer questions following. 

Deputy Chief Patrick Claus, who is also investigations commander for Fargo tells Valley News Live the information is regarding a recent murder, not a cold case investigation.

The news conference will be streaming live on Valleynewslive.com and will also be on Valley News Live at Noon. Check back for more information at that time.

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