Judge recuses herself from Spearfish murder case
Published: Feb. 25, 2022 at 1:06 PM CST
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A judge has recused herself from presiding in a case against a Spearfish man accused of fatally shooting his wife last month.
Fourth Circuit Judge Michelle Comer says she wouldn’t be able to be impartial in the case because she has dealt with the defendant, Dreau Rogers, in drug court.
Comer says she also knows the victim and her son, so the case should be reassigned.
The 33-year-old defendant is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 43-year-old Destiny Rogers, as well as nine other felonies. A probable cause affidavit says Dreau Rogers told police his wife was shot by another man with whom he was arguing.
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