ST. GABRIEL, LA (WAFB) - The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office reported the autopsy shows Baton Rouge television celebrity Scott Rogers died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
The investigation into his death is ongoing. Rogers, 52, was the host of Around Town, which aired Saturday and Sunday mornings on WAFB-TV, but was produced by another company.
Rogers was shot and killed inside his home in St. Gabriel on Wednesday. Investigators said they believe his son-in-law, Mathew Hodgkinson, 36, shot Rogers and then turned the gun on himself. Hodgkinson was rushed to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge. He was last listed in critical condition. Hodgkinson was a producer on the show.
"We received a call that shots were heard as somebody was entering the residence," Sheriff Brett Stassi said Wednesday afternoon. "On follow up, it was described as a murder-suicide scene and we're investigating it as a homicide until it's determined what we have here."
"It was determined that Scott Rogers was deceased and another male at the residence had received a shot to the head and was in critical condition," Stassi added.
Hodgkinson is married to Roger's daughter, Stassi reported. The sheriff said the home had been the scene of a "bunch of stress" in the past several weeks and had previously responded to calls at the home.
"It's been topsy-turvy at this residence. We responded to a couple of calls. It's been a high stress environment for this family and looks like it culminated in this," Stassi said.
Rogers was shot to death as a federal grand jury was hearing a case that, in Rogers' eyes, had the potential to destroy him, his attorney said. Seth Dornier, Rogers' attorney, said the federal government was looking into several issues related to Rogers, mainly focusing on whether Rogers lied on government documents. He said Rogers was arrested in England in the 1990s on molestation charges, but was acquitted. He added Rogers eventually moved to the United States and changed his first name when he and his daughter became US citizens.
Dornier said he has had multiple meetings with Rogers in the past several weeks. He said Rogers was worried that the child molestation allegations made against him in England would resurface in Baton Rouge and destroy him. He added the TV host was also worried that he would be denaturalized and forced to return to England.