Victim found with hatchet protruding from head passes away

Posted at 7:32 AM, November 28, 2022 and last updated 10:09 PM, July 6, 2023

By: Tim Kephart

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFTS) — A Florida woman found with a hatchet protruding from her head died Sunday, just days after her alleged attacker was arrested.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, deputies found the 56-year-old woman on the 4000 block of 24th Street North in St. Petersburg. The victim, later identified as Lisa Ann Rogers, 56, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries from the hatchet attack.

Michel Dougherty Mugshot

This Nov. 24, 2022 booking photo provided by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office shows Michel Dougherty. (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies said Rogers resided in the same home with the suspect at the time of the incident.

Detectives later identified Michel Dougherty, 40, as the suspect. Police said Dougherty fled St. Petersburg and was eventually located in Gainesville.

On Thanksgiving Day, Dougherty was pulled over by a deputy in Alachua County, where he was arrested on a warrant of attempted second-degree murder. On Sunday, authorities said Dougherty’s charge will be amended to second-degree murder.

This story was originally published Nov. 28 by WFTS in Tampa Bay, an E.W. Scripps Company.