Baton Rouge TV personality killed by son-in-law and alleged lover in murder-suicide attempt
The host of the popular Baton Rouge Around Town morning show was shot to death by his son-in-law in what police believe was an attempted murder-suicide, WAFB-TV reports.
The body of Scott Rogers was found in his St. Gabriel, Louisiana home along with that of his alleged murderer, his son-in-law Matthew Hodgkinson. Police had been called to the house on numerous occasions earlier in the week, according to Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi. “It’s been topsy-turvy at this residence. We responded to a couple of calls. It’s been a high stress environment for this family and looks like it culminated in this,” he said.
Hodgkinson, who also served as his father-in-law’s executive producer, left a voicemail with WAFB-TV on Tuesday indicating that Around Town had been cancelled. “Scott is facing a family catastrophe,” he said. “We don’t know what’s going on or why at this point but I have made the decision to cancel future shows. I hope you can keep us in your prayers as we move forward.”
The next day, Sheriff Stassi said authorities “received a call that shots were heard as somebody was entering the residence. On follow up, it was described as a murder-suicide scene and we’re investigating it as a homicide until it’s determined what we have here. It was determined that Scott Rogers was deceased and another male at the residence had received a shot to the head and was in critical condition.”
Hodgkinson remains at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in critical condition.
The events leading up to the murder and attempted suicide are not entirely clear, but Sheriff Stasi noted that Rogers’ daughter, Kimberly Ann Scott-Rogers, was testifying before a grand jury at the time her father was shot. Stassi told The Times-Picayune that the marriage between Scott-Rogers and Hodgkinson was a ploy to acquire citizenship for the British citizen, with whom Rogers was involved in a sexual relationship.
The Advocate reports that Rogers had fled the United Kingdom in the 1990s after he was accused of sexually abusing children at his dance studio. Hodgkinson and another student at the dance studio followed Rogers to the United States, where the three of them continued to live together for more than 20 years.
Two weeks ago, federal authorities removed Rogers’ two adopted sons — one aged 10, the other only 2 years old — from the household.
Watch a report on the murder and attempted suicide via WAFB-TV News below.
[Scott Rogers screen capture via YouTube]