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Testimony continues in Rogers murder trial

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More evidence paints the picture of Francis Rogers as a physically abusive boyfriend. On Monday, prosecutors continued to build their case against the Binghamton man, who is on trial for murdering his girlfriend, Katie Chappell, last summer. Our Janelle Burrell has more on what was revealed in court.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Week two of testimony got underway with the prosecution continuing to build its case in the trial of Francis Rogers, the Binghamton man accused of killing his girlfriend, 25-year-old Katie Chappell, last summer.

Prosecutors are trying to prove that after an argument, Rogers slammed Chappell's head into a wall and then brought her back to her apartment where she later died.

A close friend of Chappell's took the stand Monday and told jurors six months before Chappell's death, he was at a Chenango bar with Chappell and the defendant when Rogers slammed Chappell's head into a bathroom wall and dropped her phone in a toilet after learning she was on the phone with an ex-boyfriend.

More testimony revealed Rogers wasn't shy about talking about Chappell's death after it happened.

A man who worked out at the same gym as Rogers told the court about a month after Chappell's death, Rogers admitted to having an argument with her the night she died and said, "if that girl would have (expletive) listened to me, this never would have happened."

A woman who dated Rogers before his arrest testified Rogers said he threw out his t-shirt from the night Chappell was last seen alive because it had a stain on it.

Significant amounts of blood were found on the clothing Chappell was wearing when she died.

Forensic scientists testified Roger's DNA was found on her underwear as well as on a blood stain found on the wall in her bedroom. Testing also showed DNA collected from Chappell's fingernails and fingernail scrapings after she died matched Roger's DNA.

Rogers is charged with second degree murder, first degree manslaughter and 16 other counts. Testimony resumes Tuesday.

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