An Apple Valley man was found guilty in a Dakota County courtroom overnight on two counts each of first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree intentional murder in the deaths of his pregnant wife and their unborn child, the Star Tribune reports.
Roger E. Holland, 37, was accused in the March 7 death of Margorie Holland, 37, who was 15 weeks pregnant with their first child.
According to officials, Margorie Holland was found unresponsive at the bottom of a stairway at the couple’s Apple Valley townhouse and died an hour later at a Burnsville hospital.
An autopsy revealed Margorie Holland died from injuries consistent with strangulation.
Prosecutors said the the couple was in financial trouble and had accumulated $168,000 in debt from credit cards, car loans and tens of thousands of dollars in promissory notes signed by Roger Holland, the Pioneer Press said.
Dakota County prosecutor Phil Prokopowicz said Roger Holland strangled his wife after lying to her about having a high-paying job and maxing out her credit cards, the Pioneer Press says.
The Pioneer Press said Roger Holland did not visibly react to the verdict, which was read after 1 a.m. Tuesday. He maintained his innocence throughout the trial.
Roger Holland will be sentenced Tuesday afternoon at about 1 p.m. The man faces a sentence of life in prison without parole.