Roger Holland had a very incriminating internet search history when his wife was found dead

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Holland and Margorie during happier times (right); Holland as he was being booked into jail on suspicion of murder (left).
:::: UPDATE, December 17 :::: Holland has been convicted of two counts of both first- and second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of his wife and her fetus. He will be sentenced today.

On March 7, Roger Holland's pregnant wife, 37-year-old Margorie Holland, was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in the Apple Valley home the couple shared.

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Roger, 36, claimed she fell down the stairs while he was away, but scratches on his neck and broken capillaries on her face indicated otherwise, and Holland was ultimately charged with first- and second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of both his wife and her fetus.

Roger's trial started today, and in addition to physical evidence indicating there was more to Margorie's death than an accidental fall down the stairs, prosecutors also presented incriminating evidence from Roger's internet search history.

The Star Tribune explains:
During his opening statement on Monday, [prosecutor Phil Prokopowicz] said somebody performed an Internet search from Holland's cellphone for the phrase "Can you go to jail for using your wife's credit cards?" in addition to queries such as "If you pass out and fall down the stairs, can you break your neck?"
The couple had reportedly racked up roughly $168,000 in debt, and if records of texts they exchanged are any indication, their financial situation put a huge strain on their marriage. More from the Strib:
The Hollands' cellphones showed that the couple had argued numerous times via text message about money and about Roger Holland's unauthorized use of his wife's credit cards. In one exchange on March 1, Holland asked his wife how she was, and she responded, "Like I hate my life, I hate the man I married, and I wish I could erase the past 3 years."

The night before she died, Margorie Holland texted her husband that "she did not believe anything he said and that the only thing she could do was divorce him," court documents say. Another text that night said she was planning to turn him in to police for using her credit cards "first thing in the morning."
One of Roger Holland's defense attorneys is Eric Nelson, the same guy who unsuccessfully defended Amy Senser in her criminal vehicular homicide case. In court today, Nelson said Roger "adored his wife" and argued investigators had "tunnel vision" that caused them to identify Roger as their only suspect early on, despite the fact that blood belonging to another person was purportedly found at the crime scene.

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26 comments
MrGasso
MrGasso

How do some attorneys look at themselves in the mirror at three o'clock in the morning? The theories of how this guy didn't do this turn my stomach. Shame on you sheisters!

TC4L
TC4L

That is a lot of debt if you're average to slightly above average.  That is if it's all credit cards and loans outside of a house.  Mismanaging money is a huge factor to divorce and spouse abuse.  Either way, why not just say throw the key away?  He'll get something longer than his life.

Danielle Daul Richter
Danielle Daul Richter

Jennifer: I think it says fetus because his scum bag lawyer tried to get the murder charge against the baby thrown out because it was a fetus. Stupid legal tactic. Luckily it didn't work and justice will be served.

Jacen Solo
Jacen Solo

...a horrible individual that is a fathers nightmare - it is nice to see that the system worked...and now, Roger Holland, the system will work you; get ready for nightly rodgering in the pen.

relux
relux

Maybe someday Eric Nelson can win a case. 

Jennifer Lokken
Jennifer Lokken

Why does the headline say "Her fetus", it implies that she was was sleeping around him, giving him motivation beyond the financial stuff to kill her, it should "Their Fetus" and his crime would seem even more shocking...better yet "And their Unborn child"

Megan Lefebvre
Megan Lefebvre

shame on you, a woman and her unborn child were murdered and you have the audacity to try and turn it into some political debate. this is neither the time nor the place. i hope you never have to face a tragedy like this in your family, to try and deal with the pain of losing your loved one while some heartless, disgusting strangers feel the need to turn your pain and loss into a stupid internet debate.

Bonnie May
Bonnie May

wow looks can be deceiving... look at the difference in pics. Still an evil piece of crap though...

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

I thought a fetus was just a clump of cells with no rights.

Andy Stealth Trattar
Andy Stealth Trattar

Can you break your neck if you pass out and fall down the stairs... One of the world's true geniuses is about to get locked up...sad, sad day

Kaia Rubin
Kaia Rubin

He's an asshole & a moron . Guilty as hell .

Kaia Rubin
Kaia Rubin

So your spouse can put ALL the utilities in your name without any consent, hide the bills from you then take off filing for divorce and you're now responsible for paying the entire balance but if you use your spouses credit cards without consent that's illegal. Ok

Tom Fru
Tom Fru

if he read it on the internet it must be true.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Shouldn't , seeing how the husband is responsible for half.

smarterthanmost
smarterthanmost

@Maya Willis I think you can make your point without talking like filthy-mouthed trash.  Just sayin. 

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