Suspect in murder of Chesterfield girlfriend, daughter had violent past

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — New details have emerged about the man accused of killing his girlfriend and daughter before leading police on a high-speed chase last Friday.

34-year-old Morgan Rogers and her 1-year-old daughter were found shot to death inside their Chesterfield home.

Police say Stafford Shaw was also responsible for the accident that ended that chase–and killing an innocent brother and sister.

According to court records, Rogers filed a protective order after a bloody encounter she had with Shaw back in January… and it’s not the first time Shaw has been violent with the person he was with.

Back in January, Shaw was charged with domestic assault and two felonies, strangulation and unlawful wounding, involving Rogers. According to court documents, Rogers had cuts to her face, a swollen right eye and a bump on the back of her head when police got there.

Documents show that Rogers, Shaws’ estranged girlfriend, told police that he had become agitated after a conversation they had, grabbed her throat and began choking her and bit her nose. She blacked out and fell to the floor. When she woke up, she attempted to stand up and Shaw kicked her in the face, knocking her down. She went to the bathroom to look at her face and asked him what he had done before he struck her in the head with his gun.

Shaw agreed to plead guilty to the domestic assault charge. Rogers filed a protective order — still, we’re told she was still living with Shaw before she and her daughter were murdered.

That wasn’t Shaw’s first violent offense, either. Back in 2008, court documents show that Shaw was charged with assault and battery of his then fiancee. She told police that Shaw had hit her in the face, head and ribs. She also filed a protective order after moving out.

Chesterfield’s Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney says Rogers agreed to Shaw’s plea deal, saying she wanted him to be punished, but didn’t want him to lose his job or lose contact with his daughter, which is why Shaw was only charged with a misdemeanor. He ended up serving two months for those charges.

Back in 2008 and in 2015, Shaw underwent treatment for domestic violence.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney says it’s common for them to listen to the wishes of the victim when striking a deal. He says Shaw did everything correctly and that there was no way anyone could have predicted what he would have done.Stay with 8News for more on this developing story as it unfolds.

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