A murder charge has been filed against 31-year-old Jordana Rogers of Mansfield in the death of her mother Melinda Rogers, 57, who was found in her home Monday evening, Dec. 23, 2019.

According to a release by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO)in Texas, Rogers was arrested on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge.

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s department was notified of a man walking down a road with blood on his face. Upon investigation of the scene, deputies discovered the man was a victim of an assault. Soon after, the deputies located the suspect, Jordana, and made the arrest on the scene. Rogers was transported to the county jail.

A welfare check by local authorities of Jordana’s mother was requested by a Sergeant within the patrol shift during the assault investigation. 

According to an Arkansas State Police press release, “A late afternoon telephone call yesterday from a Texas sheriff’s department to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department in Fort Smith prompted Mansfield Police to check the wellbeing of Rogers.  The arrest of a woman in Nacogdoches County, Texas and information developed in Texas prompted the phone call to Arkansas authorities.”

“The body of Melinda Rogers was discovered about 5:10 PM yesterday (December 23rd) in her home at 1009 Broadway Street in Mansfield.  A Mansfield police officer and a family relative discovered the body.  Evidence found in the home is leading investigators to believe Rogers was murdered.”

Local authorities requested Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division to supervise the investigation. 

The NCSO has also been working with the Arkansas State Police since the discovery of  Melinda Rogers’ body.

Melinda Rogers’ body was transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the manner and cause of death.

Rogers is being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a Second-Degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge.

No bond amount has yet to be set for the charge. 

The murder charge was filed by the Arkansas State Police against Jordana on Thursday, Dec. 26. Jordana will be transported back to  Sebastian County for the charge.

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