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Continued: Roger Holland gets two consecutive life terms for killing pregnant wife

  • Article by: PAT PHEIFER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 17, 2013 - 9:59 PM

Holland told police he and his wife exchanged texts about what he should pick up for breakfast after he left the house. When he returned, he said, he found her lying at the bottom of a stairway, unresponsive. She was declared dead less than 90 minutes later.

The texts helped sink his story. His phone showed the last text arrived at 9:33 a.m., yet video surveillance from the parking garage showed that he didn’t leave the townhouse complex until 9:34 a.m.

In a text Margorie Holland wrote to her brother in Texas the morning she died, she said, “We’re not coming down. We’re getting divorced. Explain later.” It’s unclear whether she ever got to send that text.


Pat Pheifer • 952-746-3284


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