A man who allegedly confessed to family and friends that he killed his Filipino wife was discovered dead in his Arlington, Texas, home this week from what police believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Authorities on Monday found the body of Edward Leon Rogers Jr., 66, in the bedroom of his home on Livermore Drive. It was there that the police also discovered the corpse of his estranged wife, Alyssa Marie Mejia Rogers, whose body they found dumped inside a freezer, reported Dallas News.
Prior to shooting himself, Edward’s ex-colleague told police that the former confessed to him on Sunday that he had killed Alyssa. The friend alleged that Edward brought him inside the house, led him to the garage, then opened the freezer where he had dumped Alyssa’s corpse. Edward grabbed her buttocks, “smirked, and stated that it was cold,” according to the witness’ affidavit.
Edward told his friend that before killing her, Alyssa showed up at his house and enticed him into having had sex with her. After which they had an argument and he pushed her so hard that she ended up hitting her head on an unknown object. The police have yet to determine how Alyssa died.
The ex-colleague reported the incident to the police, who then went to inspect Edward’s home, where they discovered the two bodies.
According to his former mother-in-law, Jackie Lee, before he died, Edward called his son who was living in California to confess that he had killed Alyssa, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Lee said Edward has a history of domestic abuse, and that she and other family members had witnessed him beat his wife more than once. In one occasion, Edward allegedly threw her across a room. His first wife and daughter were also allegedly victims of Edward’s physical abuse.
Court records showed that Edward was arrested for choking Alyssa in October, then again in January, before being ordered by the court to cut off any form of communication with her.
Edward married Alyssa two years ago, but they were in the process of divorcing before their deaths, the Associated Press reported. The couple has one child, whom Alyssa sent to the Philippines.
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