01/21/2019- The suspect in a Pembine homicide makes his initial appearance in court. 55-year-old Gary Rogge appeared via video conference from the Marinette County Jail Friday. He’s facing one count of First Degree Intentional Homicide, which carries a mandatory life sentence if convicted, for the death of his wife, 63-year-old Shelley Rogge. Gary Rogge claims he accidentally shot his wife while demonstrating a “quick draw” with his .22 caliber handgun at their home on the evening of January 13th , however, an autopsy performed by the Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner revealed the gunshot wound to Shelley’s chest was from close range and it’s believed that the muzzle of the gun was touching her when it was fired. During Friday’s hearing, Marinette County District Attorney DeShea Morrow requested a $1-million cash bail be set for Rogge. She says Rogge has a criminal record in Michigan and the bail would not only ensure his court appearance, but protect the public.
Rogge’s attorney Brad Hansen says Rogge has resided in the area for a considerable amount of time and has been employed at the same place for the past 17 years, but would likely be unable to come up with such a substantial amount of money. Judge Jim Morrison granted the DA’s request and set Rogge’s bail at $1-million. He’ll also be required to surrender any firearms, abstain from alcohol and any drugs not specifically prescribed to him, and is barred from having any contact with Shelley Rogge’s family. Rogge is due back in court for an adjourned initial appearance Tuesday.