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Emily Welker, Published February 25 2013

Judge refuses to reduce $1 million bail for Fargo man accused of killing wife

FARGO – A Cass County judge declined Monday to reduce the $1 million bail for a Fargo man accused of killing his wife and telling police she committed suicide.

Ronald William Rog-ers, 46, told Judge Lisa Fair McEvers in Cass County District Court that he’d lost his job and needs a public defender.

“I really don’t have any relatives to go to,” said Rogers, who also said he was evicted from his south Fargo home.

Rogers, who moved to Fargo in July with his wife, Elizabeth, said he plans to ask someone to go to his house to retrieve his belongings.

Cass County prosecutors asked that Rogers’ bail remain at $1 million, due to the nature of the charge, a Class AA felony murder, and Rogers’ lack of community ties.

“I think it’s a fairly strong case,” said prosecutor Tristan Van de Streek, adding that in reporting his wife’s death as a suicide Rogers had already tried to avoid responsibility.

Cass County State’s Attorney Birch Burdick agreed, saying after Rogers’ first court appearance Monday morning, “He has no particular reason to stay, and every reason to flee.”

A preliminary hearing in the case is set for March 21.