milwaukee – The family of Emily Rogers, 23, a Milwaukee woman whose body was found in St. Francis in May 2022, gathered in Texas on Wednesday, January 4, to celebrate Rogers’ 24th birthday. .
This is because Rodgers’ ex, Nicholas Matzen, has appeared in a Milwaukee County court and it has been decided that he will continue to be an attorney.
Matzen, 36, faces one count of first-degree reckless murder and one of body-hiding charges for strangling estranged Rogers. He pleaded not guilty in October.
He has previously told the court that he would like to represent himself at trial.
Matzen also requested permission to use the law library to review material found at Green Bay Correctional Institution, which is pending trial.
No trial date was set during Wednesday’s court appearance. A hearing was scheduled for mid-February.
A friend reported that she had gone missing after not hearing from Emily Rogers for several days.
On May 2, 2022, a search was conducted for Rogers at nearby Burnham Park, where the 23-year-old Rogers lived. A close friend of his told FOX6 News that he found Rogers’ phone in the bush near 36th and Branting.
Milwaukee police cordoned off Burnham Park from all sides for most of the afternoon, but did not confirm at the time that the search involved Rogers. On the same day, police confirmed that Mr. Rogers’s one-year-old daughter had been found safe after her family said she was also missing.
Rogers’ mom and dad traveled from Texas to Milwaukee to look for their daughter. On May 3, 2022, they and others conducted their own search.
Milwaukee police confirmed the same day that there was reasonable suspicion that Rogers’ disappearance was not voluntary and that she may have been the victim of foul play. He was seen fetching surveillance video from a nearby convenience store.
On May 5, 2022, police announced that Rogers’ body had been found in a wooded area behind a building on an industrial estate near Clement and Waterford in St. Francis.
Arrest of Nicholas Matzen
Matzen was charged with a hit-and-run accident in April 2022 and arrested on a separate count. Rogers had planned to break up with him once he was released from custody.
She sent a message to a friend shortly before her death, according to court documents.
- Rogers: “I literally had to let him go.”
- Friend: “Are you okay?”
- Rogers: “No.”
- Friend: “What happened?”
- Rogers: “I’ll call you right away.”
- Rogers: “If possible”
That cryptic message was the last one she sent.
‘She’s Not Here’ for Emily Rogers’ 24th Birthday
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In Sherman, Texas, the Rogers family gathered on Wednesday, January 4th to celebrate their young mother’s birthday. She would have turned 24.
“It’s been hard for all of us,” Rogers’ grandmother, Tina Harvey, told KXII.
Rogers’ birthday was celebrated by loved ones displayed at the Texas cemetery where she was buried in May. ” reports that he was released.
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emily rogers 24th birthday
“She’s not here, so we can’t have a party. This is the closest thing we can do for her,” Rogers’ mother, Amy Ryde-Rogers, told KXII.
Rogers’ mother said Rogers’ daughter, 1-year-old Katie, is “doing well.”
“Unfortunately, she never remembers her mother, but she never loses her affection,” Ryde Rogers said.
A ‘Long’ History of Domestic Violence
Prosecutors say Matzen has a long, unreported or unreported history of domestic violence.
At a court hearing in May shortly after Rogers’ body was discovered, Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Amy Spanzac said, “This includes a 2020 case that was dismissed for arson on property of the same victim. included.
In that case, prosecutors said Matzen’s mother called Rogers and told him to come to Kudahi’s home to check on the unawakened Matzen. He started yelling at her and tried to choke her but couldn’t. Rogers packed up and left.
Rogers told investigators he later received an angry message from Matzen and a photo of him burning his belongings in his garage.
Matzen was charged with arson and disorderly conduct, along with a domestic abuse rating, and was issued a no contact order.
A judge prejudicedly dismissed the case after Matzen’s attorneys claimed the state delayed bringing it to trial.
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Matzen was serving time in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to shooting and wounding a man in Kudahy in 2010. According to the filing, he met a friend in a parking lot near Clement and Norwich in Milwaukee and threw the gun away.
Nearly twelve years later, another friend took the police several hundred feet away to a wooded area where Rogers’ body was discovered.
Prosecutors say Matzen told someone else that Rogers “taunted” and “hurt her” and died after snapping her neck. Another person told police that she helped Matzen move her body after he said she was “lost” and strangled her.
Matzen told investigators that after he was released from custody in April 2022, his “relationship was not going well” with Rogers. Pound a sex doll,” court documents state.
Rogers family eager for trial
Rogers’ family said they hope the trial will take place soon.
“The next court date is February 17th and I hope the trial will start then,” Lyde Rogers said.
In the meantime, they are raising funds for a tombstone in Rogers’ graveyard through their GoFundMe.com account to raise awareness of domestic abuse.
“If you’re in a domestic violence relationship and you think it could go this far, get help,” Rogers’ mother told KXII. There are people trying to help just speak up don’t hide it my daughter hid it no one knew it if they don’t know no one will help you You can’t, said Ryde Rogers.