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ST. GABRIEL - Investigators said they're seeking access to computers and surveillance video that could shed more light on the recent murder of local TV personality Scott Rogers.

Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi told News 2's Ryan Naquin Friday that detectives are getting warrants to go through surveillance video from Rogers' St. Gabriel home, as well as gain access to his personal computer.

Deputies said Rogers was shot and killed by his son-in-law, Mathew Hodgkinson, Wednesday afternoon. Investigators said they later learned the two had been lovers for years, starting back when they both lived in the United Kingdom.

Detectives said Hodgkinson shot himself after shooting Rogers, but he survived and is undergoing surgery Friday to relieve swelling on his brain.

Rogers moved to the U. S. after he was tried on charges of child molestation, which ended in a hung jury and no conviction. Detectives said Hodgkinson married Rogers' biological daughter in order to keep living in the U. S.

Rogers' attorney also told News 2 his client was worried about an ongoing investigation and grand jury inquiry that caused his TV show to be canceled and his adoptive children to be taken from his home. Detectives said Hodgkinson testified in a grand jury hearing before he shot Rogers.

Stassi also released a note, found at the crime scene, that appears to be written by Hodgkinson.  It reads: "They broke our happy loving home...They do not get to take Scott too."  Crime scene investigators were analyzing the note to officially determine who wrote it.


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