UPDATED: Jackie Jerome Rogers was officially charged with the murder of Lisa Marie Naegle on Thursday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to Variety.
Prosecutors allege that Naegle was beaten to death with a hammer on Dec. 18. Rogers was arraigned today at 1:30 p.m., with prosecutors asking for the bail to be set at $2.02 million. If convicted, Rogers will face a maximum possible sentence of 26 years to life in state prison.
The body of the ex-reality TV star was found in a shallow grave in the backyard of Rogers’ home. During a press conference on Tuesday, an LAPD officer said that Rogers had “share[d] information that she was here.”
Police confirmed on Tuesday that Rogers had been arrested for Naegle’s murder, and that detectives and the coroner were on the way to his home, on the 5000 block of West 106th Street in Lennox, to look for the body.
Rogers, who was one of Naegle’s nursing students at West Los Angeles College, was originally detained for questioning after a surveillance video showed Naegle leaving a birthday party she had been attending with Rogers, and entering his black SUV.
Naegle, a registered nurse who finished fourth on the single season of 2010’s “Bridalplasty,” was reported missing on Monday by her husband after she failed to return home from a party at the Alpine Village restaurant in Torrance, Calif., on Saturday night. She called her husband early Sunday morning around 2:30 a.m. to tell him that she would head back after getting a bite to eat. Naegle never made it home.