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Published September 17, 2013, 10:07 PM

Fargo man pleads guilty to wife’s murder

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo man accused of killing his wife has avoided trial. This afternoon, 47-year-old Ronald Rogers Junior pleaded guilty.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo man accused of killing his wife has avoided trial.

This afternoon, 47-year-old Ronald Rogers Junior pleaded guilty.

Ronald Rogers Jr. sat stone-faced in the courtroom as District Judge Lisa Fair McEvers reviewed his charges, including the murder of his 40-year-old wife Elizabeth, which took place February 19th in South Fargo.

Judge Fair McEvers: "In the counts it's alleged you caused the death of Elizabeth Rogers by shooting her in the head. It's a class double A penalty. What is your plea?”

Rogers Jr.: "Guilty"

Rogers also pled guilty to a charge of willful disturbance of a dead body.

Tristan Van De Streek, Prosecuting Attorney: "Also on that day he disturbed the body of Elizabeth Rogers by placing a pistol in her hand and then telling law enforcement and other people that he had killed herself when he knew that was not true."

Roger's guilty plea means he could spend a lot of time behind bars.

Van De Streek: "The maximum penalty for a double A felony murder in North Dakota is life without parole."

Ross Brandborg, Defense Attorney: "We had been in negotiations for some time and this was a well thought out decision and once the trial was approaching next week we needed to get this taken care of so we had a quick scheduling today to get it done."

Roger's trial was set to begin next week.

Instead, a pre-sentence investigation by the North Dakota Department of Corrections will be conducted.

Rogers bail is set at 1 million dollars, cash only.

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