In December of 2016, former Bridalplasty contestant Lisa Marie Naegle was found brutally murdered.
It has been nearly two years, but the murderer has been convicted.
He was the last man with whom she was seen alive.
People reports that a man named Jackie Jerome Rogers has been found guilty of Lisa Maria Naegle's appalling murder.
The court found that on the night of December 18, 2016, he murdered Naegle in his car.
Investigators believe that he killed her by striking her at least eight times with a hammer while the two of them were both in the vehicle.
He then buried her body in a shallow grave in his own backyard.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office confirmed the results of Rogers' trial.
Naegle and Rogers had been having an affair at the time.
Rogers was 34 and her former student.
Just hours before her grisly murder, the two attended a friend's birthday party at a restaurant in Torrance, California.
That, investigators discovered, was the last time that anyone but Rogers saw Naegle alive.
On Monday, September 24, Rogers was charged with First-Degree Murder.
Though Naegle became famous for her role as a reality star contestant on Bridalplasty, in real life, she had a job.
She worked as a nurse.
When she did not show up for work the following, that set off alarm bells with her coworkers and family.
Friends attempted to file a missing person's report right away.
Unfortunately, they were told that they needed to wait 72 hours before an adult's absence became an emergency.
As we now know, Naegle was already dead at the time.
Still, even before the police investigation began, friends and family had a lot of questions for Rogers.
He claimed to have left Naegle at the restaurant because he felt tired.
That did not add up.
Then, video surveillance showed that Naegle had left the restaurant with Rogers.
Rogers changed his story, claiming to have dropped off Naegle at a gas station.
No one was buying it.
Rogers became visibly upset at this point.
It can seem cruel that it took nearly two years for Naegle's murderer to be convicted, but the justice system rarely moves swiftly.
We hope that this news gives her family the closure that they need.