A man in Florida faces murder charges after a woman he allegedly attacked with a hatchet before Thanksgiving died from her injuries, police said.
Around 10:35 a.m. on Nov. 22, deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an attempted murder at a St. Petersburg home.
At the residence, deputies wrote in a report that they found Lisa Ann Rogers, 56, with a hatchet “protruding from her head.”
Shortly before 3 a.m. the morning after incident, authorities in Alachua County located Dougherty in a vehicle and took him into custody after pulling him over near Gainesville.
He faces one felony count of attempted second-degree murder, but the charge will be upgraded to second-degree murder, the sheriff’s office said.
Dougherty is expected to be transferred to the Pinellas County jail from Alachua County.
“She’ll help anybody,” the victim’s sister, Donna Voye, told WFLA. “She’ll give you anything you want.”
According to Voye, Dougherty had lost his job and Rogers let him stay with her and her husband while he tried to get back on his feet. “We don’t understand it. We can’t understand it because she wouldn’t hurt anybody.”
Police have not revealed a possible motive for the crime.
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