A Texas man has been accused of murdering his Filipina wife before cramming her body into a freezer and shooting himself.
Edward Rogers, aged 66, was found dead at his Arlington home on Monday where 24-year-old Alyssa Marie Mejia Rogers’ body was found frozen in the garage.
The couple had been separated since June after Rogers pleaded guilty to choking his wife on two occasions. He was due to be sentenced later this month.
Police were tipped off about the murder by a friend of Rogers, who had been shown the body.
The witness said that Rogers opened the freezer door before he “grabbed the buttocks of the deceased person, smirked and stated that it was cold”.
According to a report in the People, the cause of Alyssa’s death has not yet been determined. Police are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.
The couple met online while Alyssa was still living in the Philippines and they married two years ago.
After Rogers pleaded guilty to assaulting his Filipina wife two months ago, Alyssa had moved out of their home and sent the couple’s young son back to live with relatives in the Philippines.
The discovery of the deaths did not surprise some people who knew Rogers, who had a history of violence, according to CBS11.
Estranged family members said that Roger’s latest marriage was volatile and often violent. They also said that he had threatened to kill his young son and a former mother-in-law.
Arlington Police have also confirmed that they were called to the home on several occasions, including a call for injury to a child.
In 2004, Rogers was charged with murder for killing 41-year-old Dwight Dorough. Rogers stabbed the co-worker when a fight broke out at a pool party.
After the jury on that case became deadlocked, a judge declared a mistrial. Rogers pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to eight years of deferred-adjudication probation. In 2014 the case was dismissed after he finished his probation.