Arkansas State Police charge daughter for mother’s murder in Mansfield

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NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, Tex. — Jordana Rogers was charged with murder in the first degree. 

Shes is being held on a $500,000 bond. 

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TEXAS. — The Arkansas State Police has formally filed Murder Charges on Jordana Rogers who is currently in custody at the Nacogdoches County Jail. Rogers was arrested by NCSO deputies on Monday 12-23-2019 on FM 225 for Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon.

Deputies were dispatched to the area of FM 225 Monday afternoon after a report of a male subject was observed walking near the roadway with blood coming from his head. When Deputies arrived they found that the male subject has been assaulted. After an investigation, the suspect of the assault was found parked on the side of the roadway in the 4600 block of FM 225.

Deputies became suspicious of Rogers due to how she was acting and other evidence found at the scene. Deputies contacted the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas and requested a welfare check of the suspect’s mother who resides in Mansfield, Arkansas.

Deputies were later notified by authorities in Arkansas that a female that has been identified as Melinda Rogers was found dead at her residence. Evidence found at the scene leads authorities to believe that Melinda Rogers was murdered.

Jordana Rogers was initially arrested on charges in Nacogdoches County for Aggravated Assault and booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail. Since that time, Investigators have been working with the Arkansas State Police in the murder investigation.

Investigators with NCSO conducted an interview with Jordana Rogers on Monday night, in which she confessed to the killing of her mother along with some other details.

Arkansas State Police have obtained a warrant for Murder on Jordana Rogers which was issued today. That warrant was served on Rogers at the Nacogdoches County Jail. At some point, Rogers will be transported back to Sebastian County Arkansas on the Murder Charge.


MANSFIELD, Ark. — Melinda Rogers, 57, was discovered deceased around 5 p.m. in her home on Broadway Street in Mansfield.

Evidence found in the home is leading investigators to believe Rogers was murdered.

Local authorities have requested Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division to supervise the investigation.

A late afternoon telephone call yesterday from a Texas sheriff’s department to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department in Fort Smith prompted Mansfield Police to check the wellbeing of Rogers.

Jordana Rogers, 31

Jordana Rogers, 31, from Mansfield, was arrested in Nacogdoches County, Texas, for aggravated assault in an unrelated case to the Mansfield homicide. Information developed during the assault investigation prompted Texas authorities to call Arkansas authorities.

According to the report from Texas, “[the] Sergeant over the patrol shift requested dispatch to contact the local law enforcement agency in Mansfield, Arkansas and conduct a welfare check at the home of the suspect’s mother. Deputies did not feel right about the situation and felt that something else had possibly happened.“

Mansfield police let Texas authorities know that the “welfare check” resulted in the finding of a deceased female and that the manner of death as “homicide.”

Melinda Rogers’ body is being transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the manner and cause of death.

Original Story

SEBASTIAN COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) — Arkansas State Police (ASP) is currently investigating a possible homicide at a home in Mansfield, according to Mansfield police.

Around 4 p.m. on Monday, December 23, officers responded to a call for a welfare check and from there it then became a “possible” homicide investigation and ASP was called to assist.

“This is in the initial stages of the investigation,” said Chief Everett Robb. He referred any further questions to ASP.

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