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Deputies Said They Found Hatchet Sticking Out of Woman’s Head. Suspect Is Man She Let Stay at Her Home, Victim’s Sister Says.

Michael Dougherty

Michael Dougherty

Deputies said they found a woman grievously injured with a hatchet sticking out of her skull. She initially survived but passed away this weekend.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Law&Crime that victim Lisa Ann Rogers, 56, was pronounced dead on Saturday at 11:04 p.m. in Bayfront Hospital. Authorities announced that defendant Michael Dougherty, 40, will face second-degree murder instead of attempted second-degree murder.

Deputies responded at approximately 10:36 a.m. on Tuesday to 4000 24th Street North, Lot 230 in St. Petersburg, Florida, according to an online statement.

“According to detectives, deputies located a 56-year-old female with a hatchet protruding from her head and she was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries,” authorities said. “The suspect, later identified as 40-year-old Michel Dougherty fled from the scene prior to deputies arrival.”

Rogers and Dougherty had been living in the same home, deputies said.

“She’ll help anybody,” Rogers’ older sister Donna Voye told WFLA. “She’ll give you anything you want.”

Lisa was helping Dougherty by letting him stay with her and her husband after Dougherty lost a job, Voye said.

“We don’t understand it,” she said. “We can’t understand it because she wouldn’t hurt anybody.”

Before her sister died, Voye on Facebook said they planned on having her taken off life support; doctors said Lisa had no brainwaves and would have no quality of life.

Investigators said they found Dougherty’s vehicle up near Gainesville on Tuesday.

Alachau County deputies pulled him over on Thursday at approximately 2:50 a.m., authorities said. He was locked up at the local jail on a warrant for attempted second-degree murder.

He will be transferred to Pinellas County Jail later, deputies said.

Authorities did not suggest a motive for what happened.

[Screengrab via Alachua County Jail]

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