Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Roger Earl Holland, age 36 of Apple Valley, has been charged with two counts of Second Degree Intentional Murder in connection with the death of his wife, Margorie Ann Holland, age 37, and the couple’s unborn child, on March 7, 2013.
Following a 911 call at approximately 9:57 a.m. on March 7th, Apple Valley police arrived at an apartment on 157th Street West in response to a report made by Roger Holland of his wife being in cardiac arrest at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Holland claimed he had left the home to purchase breakfast for himself and his wife that morning and when he returned he found her face down on the floor wrapped in a blanket and non-responsive at the bottom of the steps. Holland claimed he rolled his wife over and began CPR before calling 911. Officers observed visible scratches on the left side of Roger Holland’s face and neck. Upon arrival of medical personnel, Margorie Holland was immediately transferred to Fairview Ridges Hospital where she and her unborn child died at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Roger Holland told police that his relationship with his wife was good and that they did not have any financial problems. He said that they had been married for three years and both were members of the Texas National Guard. They had moved into their Apple Valley apartment in December of 2012. Margorie Holland was approximately 15 weeks pregnant at the time of her death.
Officers conducted a search of cellular telephones of both Roger and Margorie Holland and found in a large number of deleted text messages numerous arguments between the couple including concerns about their financial situation. The last argument found on text messages occurred the night before her death and was an exchange around 9:30 p.m. in which Margorie Holland sent her husband a text indicating she planned on divorcing him.
Officers also found a text between the couple’s cell phones relating to the breakfast purchase on March 7, 2013. Holland claimed he received a text from his wife after he left the home and responded. This exchange occurred at 9:29 a.m. and 9:32 a.m. However, video surveillance at the apartment building showed that Roger Holland did not leave the residence until 9:34 a.m. that morning. Also found on Roger Holland’s cell phone was a data entry on March 6, 2013 which stated: “if you pass out and fall down a flight of stairs, can you break your neckcan your neck be broken if you are.”
Medical personnel and police officers observed numerous injuries on Margorie Holland’s body, including bruising and abrasions on her head, face, hands, legs, ankles and feet. The medical examiner who conducted an autopsy on the victim also found that thyroid cartilage in the victim’s neck were broken which was consistent with strangulation, but not a fall down stairs. The victim also had hemorrhaging in her neck muscles and petechiae in her eyes, also consistent with strangulation.
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom indicated that he intends to convene a Grand Jury to review this case in the near future for possible additional charges.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found online at http://www.dakotacounty.us/LawJustice/CriminalComplaint . If in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at http://www.dakotacounty.us/LawJustice/Jail/Pages/inmate-search.aspx .
Backstrom commented: “We are saddened to be filing murder charges today in connection with the first homicide in Dakota County in 2013. Our deepest sympathy is expressed to the family and friends of Margorie Holland for their great loss.”
Backstrom thanked the Apple Valley Police Department, the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension who assisted in the investigation of this case.
Roger Holland made his first appearance in court today and bail in the amount of $1,000,000 without conditions ($750,000 with conditions) was set by Dakota County District Court Judge Edward Lynch. Holland’s next court appearance is set for March 13, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in Hastings with a future court appearance set for April 3, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.
If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.
*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.