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A Los Angeles man was convicted this week of brutally beating a nurse to death with a hammer in 2016.
Jackie Jerome Rogers, 34, struck 36-year-old Lisa Marie Naegle at least eight times with a hammer while she was sitting in his car on Dec. 18, 2016, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney. The two had been having an affair at the time.
Prosecutors said Rogers then took Naegle's body back to his home where he buried it in the backyard, but not before striking her two more times with the hammer to make sure she was dead.
Rogers also tried to cover up the crime by disposing of the victim's belongings and washing the victim's blood and tissue off the hammer and cleaning his car, prosecutors said.
Earlier in the night, Rogers and Naegle, who was married, had been out at a friend's birthday party together at a Torrance, California restaurant.
Although surveillance footage later caught the two together after the party, prosecutors said Rogers initially told Naegle's husband and family members that he had gotten tired and left her at the party, according to a City News Service article posted on KNBC.
A few days later he allegedly confessed to the murder and led police to Naegle's body.
During the trial, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Allyson Ostrowski argued the killing had been premeditated. The motive, she said according to KNBC, was that Rogers was angry Naegle wasn't going to leave her husband. His anger grew the night before the killing when prosecutors said Rogers sat outside the victim's house for hours as his calls and texts to her went unanswered.
The pair met when Rogers was a student in Naegle's nursing course at West Los Angeles College, where she worked part-time, KTLA reports.
Roger's attorney, Jeremy Lessem, conceded to jurors in his opening statement that his client killed Naegle, however he argued it wasn't a premeditated act. He said Rogers "broke" after months of being "toyed" with, KNBC reports.
But a jury voted to convict Rogers of first-degree murder in the case. He is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 25 and is facing a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in prison, prosecutors said.
Naegle competed on the reality TV show "Bridalplasty" in 2010. Contestants on the show competed to win a wedding and plastic surgery procedures.
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