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Accused murderer of pregnant woman held without bond

Monday - 4/30/2012, 6:16pm  ET

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Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks updates the press about the bond hearing. (WTOP/Nathan Hager)
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Nathan Hager, wtop.com

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - A man accused of murdering his pregnant, estranged girlfriend in District Heights has been ordered held without bond.

Nathan Cedric Rogers, 22, of District Heights will also undergo a mental evaluation ahead of a May 24 hearing on whether he's competent to stand trial.

Prince George's County Police say Rogers stabbed his girlfriend, Jasmine Nichelle Moss, 23, inside his home Friday. He was serving home detention on an unrelated assault charge.

Police found Moss's body in the trunk of a suspicious vehicle about a block and a half from the home.

Prince George's State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks says Rogers was arrested inside his home. How Moss's body wound up in the trunk, she says, is still under investigation.

Alsobrooks says the mental evaluation was recommended based on testimony from Rogers's mother at the bail review hearing Monday.

"I'm not sure what was in Mr. Roger's mind, but what we know, as far as we're concerned, I can't imagine any good reason to murder in the way that he allegedly murdered her. This was a brutal, heinous case," Alsobrooks said.

Members of Moss's family are calling for justice to be done.

"Nathan Rogers could have walked away from the relationship, and he never had to have interacted with Jasmine ever again. Now we will never have the opportunity to meet the child and to see Jasmine's bright smile and witty sense of humor," Moss's cousin Anthony Brown said in a brief statement.

"The family was welcoming the child as our first grand. So we were willing and able to take care of the child," said Moss's father, Carl Strong.

Friends of Moss and Rogers have said the two disagreed over whether to keep their baby.

Rogers faces charges of first- and second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

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