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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Judge: Text messages admissible in ND murder trial

  • A judge says text messages a Fargo woman exchanged with her best friend moments before she was allegedly killed by her husband will be admissible during the trial.
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  • A judge says text messages a Fargo woman exchanged with her best friend moments before she was allegedly killed by her husband will be admissible during the trial.
    Ronald Rogers Jr. is accused of shooting his wife, Elizabeth Rogers, and staging her death. He has pleaded not guilty to felony murder and willful disturbance of a dead body.
    The Forum reports that Krista Rankin testified at an earlier hearing that Elizabeth Rogers texted her and said her husband was breaking and throwing things. Rankin says she texted back and asked if Elizabeth was safe. There was no response.
    Authorities accuse Ronald Rogers of shooting his wife on Feb. 19 and placing a pistol in her hand to make it look like suicide.
    Trial is set for Sept. 23.

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