Roger Holland of Apple Valley allegedly murdered pregnant wife, attempted coverup

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Holland and Margorie during happier times (right); Holland as he was being booked into jail on suspicion of murder (left).
Among Steven Johnson, Jeffrey Trevino, and Anthony Mitchell, the Twin Cities has already seen its yearly share of murderous man-on-woman violence between onetime lovers.

The most recent instance happened last Thursday morning in Apple Valley, where Roger Holland, 36, allegedly murdered his pregnant wife, 37-year-old Margorie Holland, and the fetus his wife was carrying.

According to the Star Tribune, Holland is a staff sergeant in the Texas National Guard, and Margorie was in the military as well. The couple moved to Apple Valley just a few months ago after Holland returned from a deployment in Africa.

KSTP details the story Holland initially told authorities when they arrived at the couple's Apple Valley apartment last Thursday around 10 a.m.:
During his 911 call at about 9:57 a.m., Roger Holland said his wife was in cardiac arrest at the bottom of a flight of stairs.

Roger Holland told authorities he had left the home to purchase breakfast for himself and his wife.

When he returned, he said he found his wife face down on the floor, and wrapped in a blanket. He said she was non-responsive, so he began CPR before calling 911.
But that story didn't hold up for long. From the Strib:
Officers at the scene noticed that Margorie Holland's hands were darker than the rest of her body and that she had dried blood in her nose. She had dark purple bruises on both knees, fresh abrasions on both elbows and a bruise and scratch on her arms.

She also had petechiae -- broken capillaries -- on her face and in her eyes.

There was no blood on the floor of the apartment, only spilled orange juice near the body. There was water on the floor of the shower and the bathroom smelled like someone had showered recently, an officer noted.

At the hospital, officers found many more signs of injuries: bruises, broken fingernails, a black eye, cuts on her chin and more friction burns on her upper and lower arms. A medical exam also found that the thyroid cartilage in her neck was broken -- consistent with strangulation, the complaint said.
KARE 11's report details Holland's possible motive -- Margorie was unhappy and planning to leave:
Officers conducted a search of cellular telephones of both Roger and Margorie Holland and found in a large number of deleted text messages documenting numerous arguments between the couple, including concerns about their financial situation.

The last text argument took place around 9:30 the night before her death, during which Margorie Holland sent her husband a text indicating she planned on divorcing him.

Officers also found a text between the couple's cell phones relating to the breakfast purchase on March 7, the day Margorie Holland died. Roger Holland claimed he received a text from his wife after he left the home and responded. The phones indicated the messages were sent at 9:29 a.m. and 9:32 a.m.

Video surveillance at the apartment building showed, however, that Roger Holland did not leave the residence until 9:34 a.m. that morning.

Also found on Roger Holland's cell phone was a data entry on March 6 which stated: "if you pass out and fall down a flight of stairs, can you break your neck, can your neck be broken if you are."
According to the Strib, during a March 1 text exchange, Magorie told her husband: "I hate my life, I hate the man I married, and I wish I could erase the past 3 years." The Pioneer Press reports the couple had been together for "about three years."

Today, Holland was charged with two counts of second-degree murder -- one in connection with his wife's death, and another in connection with the death of the 15-week-old fetus. Fox 9 reports his bail has been set at $1 million and prosecutors will seek first-degree murder charges.

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OLEANDERSON
OLEANDERSON

PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY LIFE IS SO HAPPY IN APPLE VALLEY FAR AWAY FROM THE EVIL CITY, OH NO I SHOULD MOVE TO FARMINGTON INSTEAD, OOPS THEY HAVE MURDERERS TOO LOL MINNESOTA FAIL

JillianS1
JillianS1

They forgot to mention Steven Johnson who killed and dismembered his wife in January. Apparently the Twin Cities is becoming the mecca for insecure, murderous men.

MpslLaw
MpslLaw

I wonder if the author of this article (and Kare 11 and Fox 9) understands they're inferring with Mr. Holland's constitutionally protected due process rights? The "evidence" you posted here may not be admissible at trial, may not be proven and may not even be true. You're tainting the jury pool and prejudicing the public. I wouldn't expect much else from the shoddy Minneapolis reporters though...

MotherJones
MotherJones

Why is he being charged with 2 counts of murder? At 15 weeks weeks, the "fetus" is just an embryo, not a real human being (I should know, I've had 2 abortions already). Therefore he should only be charged with the murder of his wife. 

Elisabeth Woltjer
Elisabeth Woltjer

I kind of feel like its in poor taste to use a photo of the 'happy couple'. Show his mug shot, but keep her in a separate photo away from her murderer.

Bill Crosby
Bill Crosby

It's all speculation anyway...err on the side of caution and call it murder. I guess it makes sense that way

Bill Crosby
Bill Crosby

But she isn't here to testify whether or not she wanted it. Maybe she was considering it, and that's what set him off, I don't know. Just doesn't make sense to me.

Nyssa Shawstad
Nyssa Shawstad

The way I see it, abortion is only valid when the host declines to carry it to term. Until it is viable for survival outside the womb that is a personal choice of the carrier. If it is terminated w/out that choice it is arguably murder.

Bill Crosby
Bill Crosby

Condoms 10/10 times! But after 100 times...I'm flirting with disaster because they're not a guarantee... This guy is still a piece of work though...rot in prison...dick

Bill Crosby
Bill Crosby

And one last thing. I'm not trying to make a political point here necessarily, though I'm sure that's the only way it'll come across... But does it bother anyone else that he's being charged with two counts of murder while abortion is legal? See...I said I'm not trying to make a political point, because I would use abortion if I had to...it's just weird to me. It really makes no sense. Is the fetus a person or not?!

Bill Crosby
Bill Crosby

Perhaps he is like me and doesn't smile due to a missing tooth, however I at least grin, so...

Kris Dionne
Kris Dionne

So sad, I noticed in nearly all f the photos of these men they aren't smiling at all.

Andy Stealth Trattar
Andy Stealth Trattar

I have to say that he still doesn't look happy in that photo of "happier times"

elephantiger
elephantiger

@MotherJones  Only the pregnant woman herself has the legal right to abort a pregnancy.  Just like I can't unplug *your* grandma.  That would be murder.  It wouldn't, however,  if her relatives had legal right to do so.  

Not to mention that a pregnant woman is more than twice as likely to be murdered than a non-pregnant one.  

OLEANDERSON
OLEANDERSON

@MotherJones The CONs will have you believe a fetus is a person until its one of their own soldiers murdering a woman.  Duh of course its her fault, women are evil.

OLEANDERSON
OLEANDERSON

@Elisabeth Woltjer Silly, Apple Valley is the happiest place on Earth.

holland9310
holland9310

@Andy Stealth Trattar That's because you would have to know him personally for this. You don't know anything about him except for what the public wants you to know, this man was the happiest he has ever been! You don't know that because no one wants you to know that they just want you to believe everything negative they can come up with to say about him. HE IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY you people seem to have forgotten about that fact. Oh and Bill Crosby... for your information he has all of his teeth your input is not wanted or needed. Thank you

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