RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Spearfish, S.D., man was found guilty on Thursday by a jury of second-degree murder, possession of controlled substances, and illegal possession of a firearm.
Last year, 33-year-old Dreau Rogers was charged with alternative counts of first and second-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife, Destiny Rogers, in their Spearfish home.
On Thursday, the state and the defense gave their closing, with the state arguing that Rogers’ recounting of the story was inconsistent and unreliable.
Roger’s attorney argued that the evidence collected was insufficient to prove Rogers committed the crimes beyond a reasonable doubt. Roger’s attorney maintained that another individual was responsible for the crime and that law enforcement mishandled evidence in the case.
The jury deliberated a little over two hours before reaching a verdict. The murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence. His sentencing is set for Jan. 2.