ND Supreme Court rejects ineffective counsel claim from Fargo man sentenced for murdering wife
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision Monday, Nov. 27, to deny a request for post-conviction relief for a Fargo man who pleaded guilty to murdering his wife in 2013.
Ronald William Rogers Jr. argued he received ineffective assistance of counsel because his attorney didn't "adequately attack the validity of his confession" by noting his altered mental state from mixing antidepressants and alcohol, according to the Supreme Court's opinion. But justices said the district court "properly determined that Rogers' trial counsel's representation did not fall below an objective standard of reasonableness."
Rogers was sentenced to 30 years in prison after shooting and killing his wife, Elizabeth. He pleaded guilty to murder and willful disturbance of a body for trying to make it look like she had killed herself.