Spearfish man accused of killing his wife pleads with judge for release

DEADWOOD, S.D. — The man accused of shooting his wife over the weekend made his first appearance in court Monday morning.

Dreau Rogers appeared via video in front of Fourth Circuit Judge Chad Callahan and faces a first degree murder charge.

His wife, 43-year-old Destiny Dawn Rogers, was shot in their Spearfish home in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 22. She was pronounced dead-on-arrival at a Spearfish hospital.

Dreau Rogers was arrested that evening and has since been held without bond at the Lawrence County Jail.

Rogers begged Judge Callahan to be released during the hearing Monday.

“I’d like to be able to mourn my wife’s death properly…I watched her die in my arms,” Rogers said, crying.

If convicted on the first degree murder charge, Rogers faces either life in prison or the death penalty. A lesser sentence is not available in a Class A Felony; therefore the minimum sentence is life if convicted.

Public records show Destiny had previously filed for a protection order for domestic abuse against Dreau in late 2020, however, that protection order was later dropped.

Rogers is set for arraignment on February 10. He also faces possession charges and has previous open cases for failure to appear.

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