FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ A Fargo man accused of killing his wife and staging her death as suicide says he lost his job and needs a public defender.
Ronald Rogers Jr. made his first appearance Monday in Cass County Court. He's charged with murder and willful disturbance of a dead body.
Authorities believe the 46-year-old Rogers shot 40-year-old Elizabeth Rogers in the head and placed a pistol in her hand to make it look like a suicide.
Rogers told Judge Lisa Fair McEvers he recently moved to Fargo after living in northern Idaho for eight years.
Asked by McEvers if she wanted him to appoint a public defender, Rogers said, ``Yes please.''
Rogers was not asked to enter a plea. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 21.
Bail was kept at $1 million.