Bond Set in Casper Woman’s Stabbing Death
Two people charged in stabbing death of a Casper woman made their first appearance before a Natrona County Judge on Tuesday.
Anthony Rodriguez, 31, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Mary Margaret Fogle last month. Fogle's daughter, 31-year-old Allison Cecile Solis, is charged as an accessory after the fact to second-degree murder.
Natrona County Circuit Court Judge Michael Patchen set Rodriguez's bond at $500,000 cash only. Because Rodriguez is charged with a felony, he will not enter a plea until an appearance in Natrona County District Court.
Solis pleaded not guilty to her charge, as it is a misdemeanor. Her bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety. Both asked for a public defender to represent them.
During Tuesday's initial appearances, Assistant Natrona County District Attorney Ava Bell said prosecutors are concerned that Rodriguez is a flight risk. Bell also noted that Rodriguez has assault convictions in numerous states.
Rodriguez and Solis listed Fogle's address as their own. Bell said Fogle was financially supporting Rodrguez and Solis prior to the alleged murder. Both were unemployed at the time.
Saying he understands the high bond, Rodriguez told Patchen, "I love Mary" and added that Rodriguez and Solis turned themselves in. Patchen replied that the hearing was intended to discuss bond amounts and conditions. Anything else should be discussed with a defense attorney.
A Natrona County Detention Center Roster indicates that Rodriguez and Solis were likely extradited out of Colorado during the late evening or early morning hours of Dec. 10. Jail records show they were booked into the county jail after 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The alleged murder happened between 4 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.
An affidavit of probable cause alleges that Fogle told her hairdresser hours before the killing that she was going to confront Rodriguez and Solis about not having jobs and that she couldn't afford to take care of them anymore.
The affidavit also alleges Fogle told the hairdresser that she was frustrated with Rodriguez's marijuana use. Rodriguez reportedly wanted Fogle to drive him to Colorado so he could purchase more marijuana.
According to the affidavit, Rodriguez turned himself in to authorities in Colorado Springs, Colo. the day after the stabbing. An investigator with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office contacted Casper police. An officer was sent to the home and saw drops of dried blood on the living room floor.
Once police made it inside, they found Fogle's body in the hallway.
Rodriguez allegedly told Colorado homicide investigators that he stabbed Fogle in the neck. He then allegedly described packing up Fogle's 2006 Honda CRV with their personal belongings, Fogle's dog and Fogle's purse before driving to Colorado.
For her part, Solis told investigators that she saw Rodriguez kill her mother, telling police that she, "knew what he did was wrong and she was afraid for him and how much trouble he was going to get in," the affidavit says. Solis reportedly added that Fogle had been her only family.
Police also noted bruising around Solis's chin and a cut on her lower lip. She said she suffered those injuries from Rodriguez hitting her during the drive to Colorado after the stabbing.
Second-degree murder is punishable by 20-years to life behind bars. Accessory after the fact to second-degree murder is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. Wyoming law defines second-degree murder as killing maliciously and purposely but without premeditation.