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Florida woman dies days after houseguest allegedly attacks her with hatchet

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (TCD) — A 40-year-old man faces a murder charge after he allegedly attacked a woman with a hatchet, causing her to die from her injuries.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 10:36 a.m., deputies went to a residence on 24th Street North, Lot 230, regarding an attempted murder. When they arrived, deputies reportedly found a 56-year-old woman “with a hatchet protruding from her head.”

Officials transported the victim, Lisa Ann Rogers, to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as 40-year-old Michael Dougherty and said he fled prior to law enforcement officials arriving on scene. His car, however, was located near Gainesville, Florida, the same day.

Dougherty was pulled over Thursday, Nov. 24, by an Alachua County deputy and taken into custody for attempted second-degree murder.

On Saturday, Nov. 26, Rogers reportedly died from her wounds. Dougherty’s charges will be changed from attempted second-degree to second-degree murder.

WFLA-TV reports Rogers and her husband let Dougherty stay with them in their home because he lost his job.

Dougherty will reportedly be transferred to Pinellas County Jail “at a later date,” the Sheriff’s Office said.


Detectives Arrest Unincorporated St. Petersburg Man for Attempted Murder – Pinellas County Sheriff’s OfficeSt. Pete woman dies days after being attacked with hatchet, deputies say – WFLA

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