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The Scott Rogers case essentially over with death of shooter

4 years 3 months 6 days ago Friday, September 05 2014 Sep 5, 2014 September 05, 2014 2:08 PM September 05, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

ST. GABRIEL- Following Labor Day, Iberville Parish Sheriff's deputies continued their busy investigation surrounding the death of TV personality Scott Rogers.

Rogers, who was the focus of a federal grand jury surrounding possible mail, wire and immigration fraud, was murdered last Wednesday. Deputies believe his lover, who is also his son-in-law, shot and killed him before attempting to kill himself.

A week after the shooting where Mathew Hodgkinson, 36, is accused of killing Rogers there are many questions still unanswered.

Here is a time line of the events that unfolded, beginning with Rogers' murder on Wednesday:

Iberville Parish Sheriff's deputies arrive at Rogers' home in St. Gabriel and find Rogers shot dead and Hodgkinson suffering with a gunshot wound but alive. The case was classified a murder-attempted suicide and it was believed Hodgkinson shot Rogers and tried to kill himself.

Deputies said they had been to the home before for a possible suicide attempt where Rogers took a large number of sleeping pills. Rogers told them upon their arrival, he was just trying to sleep.

Eventually, it was released Rogers was dealing with trouble, possibly surrounding his adopted child and a foster child. Both were taken by state and federal agents about two weeks before the shooting.

By the end of Wednesday, it was also revealed Hodgkinson and Rogers' daughter had testified in a grand jury hearing earlier that day.

By Wednesday night, nearly ten hours after the crime, it had become public information that Rogers left the U.K. after being exonerated on child molestation charges. A student at a performing arts school he created suggested he was molested, but Rogers' lawyer said the story was created when the child was expelled for drugs. His lawyer said Rogers was embarrassed and needed to escape the situation so he came to the United States. His lawyer believed Rogers was being investigated for falsifying adoption paperwork where he claimed he'd never been arrested. His lawyer assumed Rogers was confused about the question and incorrectly answered he'd never been arrested since he had been exonerated of the charges in Europe.

It was also revealed Hodgkinson was from the U.K., too, and lived in the home with Rogers.

An autopsy was performed sometime after Rogers' body was removed from the home and Thursday when authorities released he was killed with a single gunshot wound to the head and was found under the covers of his bed half clothed. The report also said Roger's body was stiff when it was found, indicating Rogers had been dead for a while.

After rumors swirled, authorities confirmed that Rogers was in a relationship with Hodgkinson, who married Rogers daughter only to get into the country to be with Rogers. People who knew Rogers began to reveal Rogers was private, and rarely talked about his life at home.

The WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit found court documents from a 2004 lawsuit involving Rogers' production company where Rogers refused to answer questions about prior arrests during a deposition.

Sources said Rogers met Hodgkinson when Hodgkinson attended Rogers' school. Authorities said they have had a difficult time locating a marriage license for Hodgkinson and Rogers' daughter.

Authorities released more information about Rogers' life, comparing him to a cult leader who brainwashed children. They also released a note, found with blood spots inside the home. It read: "They broke our happy loving home...They do not get to take Scott too." The note was sent to the State Police crime lab to determine the exact author; it is believed to have been Hodgkinson.

Authorities also said they obtained warrants for cell phones and computers.

A source said Rogers sometimes talked about killing himself and felt backed into a corner.

Deputies said they talked with a man who said he had lived with Rogers and Hodgkinson at the St. Gabriel home until recently, when he moved out. The man said Rogers manipulated him and sexually assaulted him since he was 12. The man said the attacks started in the U.K. and he followed Rogers to Louisiana. He added, he was forced to sleep on a futon in Rogers' room and was paid a minimum amount of money to do work for him but it wasn't enough to leave and establish a life on his own.

Sources said Rogers was possibly being investigated for wire fraud, mail fraud and immigration fraud.

A newspaper in Europe published a detailed account of Rogers' previous criminal troubles.

Court documents uncovered by WBRZ show Rogers secured a $344,954 second mortgage on his home two weeks before his death.

Also, in archived news footage from the BBC, it was reported leaders in Suffolks County, England, blasted Rogers for his practices at the dance school, calling it "an unhealthy atmosphere...reminiscent of a religious or supposed religious cult."

It was also revealed Tuesday, that Hodgkinson, who remained, in critical condition, began to show signs of life. He recently moved body parts and deputies are confident he has brain activity.

Iberville Assistant District Attorney Tony Clayton said prosecutors may not pursue charges against Hodgkinson if he survives because they feel he is a victim.

Friday, September 5th

Authorities said Hodgkinson in the hospital after nine days of being kept alive by machines. 

An autopsy will be performed on Hodgkinson Monday.  Pending no dramatic change in assumption, the case involving the two deaths will likely be closed.

Investigators also said they believe there is a marriage license between Hodgkinson and Rogers' daughter in Vegas.

Monday, September 8th

Authorities said Rogers' daughter took Hodgkinson off life support and showed a valid marriage license from Vegas to prove their marriage.  Rogers' daughter, Kimmie, did not answer phone calls Monday evening.

This post was written from stories published by: Ryan Naquin, Chris Nakamoto, Russell Jones, Rob Krieger & Caroline McDougall.

Follow the publisher of this post on Twitter: @treyschmaltz

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