- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - A Lead man accused of killing a woman and keeping her body in a suitcase in his apartment for five days is on trial in Deadwood.

Forty-four-year-old James Rogers Jr. is accused of fatally stabbing 27-year-old Caitlin Walsh last August. He’s pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted.

The Rapid City Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1WV3LTi ) that Rogers’ trial got underway Monday.

Lawrence County State’s Attorney John Fitzgerald told jurors in his opening statement that Rogers killed Walsh in a jealous rage after drinking alcohol and doing methamphetamine. He said Walsh was hit on the head with a machete and stabbed in the heart and in the pelvic area.

Defense attorney Ellery Grey objected to Fitzgerald’s portrayal of premeditated murder.


Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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