A Lennox man who bludgeoned his girlfriend to death with a hammer and buried her in a shallow grave behind his home was convicted of first-degree murder Monday, Sept. 24.
25Lisa Marie Naegle. (Courtesy photo)After nearly three days of deliberations, a Torrance Superior Court jury found Jackie Jerome Rogers, 35, guilty of first-degree murder in the December 2016 slaying of 36-year-old Lisa Marie Naegle, a San Pedro nurse who once starred in the reality TV series “Bridalplasty” in 2010.
Jurors also found true the allegation that Rogers used a hammer in the killing.
The trial took more than a week.
Naegle’s cousin, Patty Alarcon, wept and clasped her hands in prayer after the verdict was read.
“It’s a bittersweet moment,” she said in the hallway after Rogers was led away by bailiffs.
Naegle’s mother, Dolores Naegle, wiped tears as she described the pain of sitting through the trial and listening to Rogers vilify her daughter as an abuser on the witness stand.
He never expressed remorse, she said.
“She was a very nice girl and this diablo took her life and they way he did it was horrible,” Dolores Naegle said, saying she wished Rogers could be sentenced to death.
Naegle’s sister, Michelle Naegle, thanked prosecutors for their work and the San Pedro community for its support from the day her sister disappeared.
“When we were putting it out there that she was missing, everybody stepped in and helped. We were so thankful,” she said.
It was “heaven” to hear a first-degree murder verdict, she said.
Rogers and Naegle had been in a relationship for about six months when he hit her over the head with a hammer eight times during an argument while the two sat in his car near a fast food restaurant in Inglewood.
Earlier that night, they had attended a holiday party in Alpine Village in Torrance together.
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment