• Dennis McCaslin

Mansfield woman who murdered mother in 2019 granted conditional release from state mental hospital



Jordana Rogers - Seb. Co. booking photo

A Mansfield woman who has been at the state mental hospital since February of last year has been granted a conditional release after police say she murdered her mother in a Mansfield residence in 2019.


Thirty-four-year-old Jordana Caraway Rogers, who was arrested as a fugitive from out of state In Nacogdoches County, Texas in January 2020, has essentially been found not guilty by reason of mental defects of the murder of Melinda Rogers in a home in the 1000 block of Broadway in Mansfield.


The case has been closed by Sebastian County Circuit Court, which granted the conditional release on Friday with the state to prepare an order with all court-required conditions. The case will be reviewed in 90 days, according to documents from Sebastian Conty Circuit Court.


Melinda Rogers

All of the records pertaining to the case failed to load when accessed on Arkansas Court Connect, meaning the records are sealed. There is also no indication where Rogers will live once the release is finalized.


Rogers became a suspect in the murder of her mother after officials in Texas developed information during interviews with her that resulted in a wellness check being performed by Mansfield police.


Officers discovered the body of the victim and according to court records, Melinda Rogers was lying on her side, her head “black and blue and covered in blood.” Authorities also found a battery-powered drill into evidence they developed as a weapon in the killing.

Site of the 2019 Christmas matricide

The Arkansas State Police canvassed the neighborhood and developed information that Melinda Rogers had not been seen in several days and that her car had been missing from the driveway for about the same length of time.


When Jordana Rogers was apprehended in Texas, she was driving her mother’s car. She was returned to Arkansas on January 3, 2020 and was transferred to the state mental hospital one month later.





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