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St. Pete man kills woman with hatchet, deputies say

Lisa Ann Rogers, 56, has died from her injuries.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Update: Lisa Ann Rogers has died from her injuries. Dougherty's attempted second-degree murder charge will be upgraded to second-degree murder.


Previous storyA St. Petersburg man is behind bars after authorities said he put a hatchet through a woman's head days before Thanksgiving.

Just after 10:35 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a home near the corner of 24th Street North and 40th Avenue North in St. Pete on a report of an attempted murder.

That is where deputies found 56-year-old Lisa Ann Rogers with a hatchet "protruding from her head," the sheriff's office reports. Rogers was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

Deputies said they learned that 40-year-old Michael Dougherty fled from the home before they arrived.

In an update on Saturday morning, the sheriff's office said Rogers and Dougherty lived in the same home at the time of the incident. Details on their relationship were not released.

Investigators were able to track down Dougherty's car on Tuesday near Gainesville. He was later pulled over at 2:50 a.m. on Nov. 24 by an Alachua County deputy, taken into custody, and charged with one felony count of attempted second-degree murder.

He remains in the Alachua County Jail but will be transported to the Pinellas County Jail at a later date, the sheriff's office said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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