Two years after former Bridalplasty star Lisa Marie Naegle’s gruesome murder, a man was found guilty in connection to her death. Jackie Jerome Rogers has been found guilty of brutally killing Naegle on Dec. 18, 2016, by beating the nurse at least eight times with a hammer while the two were inside his car before burying her body in a shallow grave in his backyard, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office confirmed to People. On Monday, Sept. 24, Rogers was charged with one count of first-degree murder.
Rogers, 34, had been Lisa’s former student and the two had been having an affair at the time of her death, according to People. Just hours before Naegle’s murder, she had attended a friend’s birthday dinner at a restaurant in Torrance, CA with Rogers, and that was the last time Naegle was seen alive.
Naegle’s family first realized something was wrong after she failed to show up for work the following day. They attempted to file a missing person report but were told by local law enforcement that they needed to wait 72 hours before they could investigate.
Her family then turned to Rogers to confront him about Naegle’s whereabouts. Naegle’s sister previously revealed to People that she asked him what happened the night of the party, and Rogers allegedly told her that he drove with Naegle to the restaurant but left her there because he was tired. After obtaining video surveillance footage that showed Naegle leaving the restaurant with Rogers, he changed his story and said that while they did leave together, he dropped her off at a nearby gas station. “He started shaking,” Naegle’s sister told People. “I wanted him to leave but at the same time I wanted him to admit [that he knew more.]”
Rogers eventually confessed to the LAPD and he led authorities to the shallow grave in his backyard where he buried her body. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 25 and he’s facing a maximum possible sentence of 26 years to life in state prison, according to People.
Naegle was 36 at the time of her death, and she previously starred on a 2010 E! reality TV series where brides competed for plastic surgery procedures and a dream wedding.