Casper Man, Woman Charged in Her Mother’s Homicide
Investigators say a Casper woman was fatally stabbed a day before her body was found Monday, and her daughter is charged as an accessory in the killing.
Anthony Rodriguez, 31, is charged with second-degree murder. Allison Cecile Solis, 31, the daughter of the victim, is charged as an accessory after the fact to second-degree murder.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed Tuesday in Natrona County Circuit Court, Rodriguez is accused of killing 54-year-old Mary Margaret Fogle inside her home at 1200 S. Conwell St. between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.
Rodriguez turned himself in to law enforcement authorities in Colorado following the killing. An investigator with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office notified the Casper Police Department and, at 3:45 p.m. Monday, a Casper police officer went to Fogle's home to conduct a welfare check.
The officer reportedly looked through the front windows and saw drops of dried blood on the living room floor. A relative provided officers with a key, but police had to force entry into the home because the key didn't work.
Once inside, they found Fogle's body in the hallway.
Homicide investigators in Colorado interviewed Rodriguez, who allegedly admitted that he stabbed Fogle in the neck on Sunday. He reportedly told investigators that he and Solis were at Fogle's home and, after the killing, they packed up Fogle's red 2006 Honda CRV with their personal belongings, Fogle's dog and Fogle's purse, then drove to Colorado.
Evidence technicians noted a "defect" on Fogle's neck which authorities say corroborates Rodriguez's claim.
Solis was also interviewed by law enforcement in Colorado and said she saw Rodriguez kill her mother. Solis said she "knew what he did was wrong and she was afraid for him for how much trouble he was going to be in," the affidavit states.
Solis reportedly told investigators that Fogle had been her only family.
An investigator noted bruising around Solis's chin and a cut on her lower lip. Solis said Rodriguez had hit her during the drive to Colorado following the killing.
"Allison was shaking and kept saying she was scared because she did not know how much trouble Rodriguez was going to be in or what was going to happen to him," the affidavit states.
Fogle's hairdresser, evidently the last person who saw her alive, was interviewed by police. She said Fogle had an appointment from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. the morning she was killed, and Fogle had no visible injuries at that time.
The hairdresser told police that Fogle had complained to her about Rodriguez's use of marijuana. Per the hairdresser's account as reflected in the affidavit, Rodriguez claimed that marijuana helped him calm down. He reportedly wanted Fogle to drive him to Colorado to purchase more marijuana, but Fogle refused because it is illegal to possess marijuana in Wyoming.
Fogle reportedly told the hairdresser that she planned to confront both Rodriguez and Solis about not having jobs, because she could no longer afford to take care of them without any help.
The charge against Rodriguez alleges that he purposely killed Fogle, but the killing was not premeditated. Second-degree murder is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Solis is accused of having "delayed or prevented the discovery, detection, and apprehension" of Rodriguez. The charge against her is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of $750.
Rodriguez and Solis were not scheduled to appear in Natrona County Circuit Court on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear when they might make their initial appearances.
They were last being held in the El Paso County jail.