MARCH 13, 15:26 EST

Alleged Murder in Sex Change Case
Associated Press

TROY, Mich. (AP) — A 61-year-old woman was charged Tuesday with murdering her husband to get money for her nephew's sex-change operation.

Billie Jean Rogers was accused in the slaying of Donald Rogers, 74, last August. An autopsy showed he was smothered in the couple's home.

Prosecutors said that soon after, Mrs. Rogers bought her nephew, Harry Titlow, a car and gave him $70,000 for surgery to turn him into a woman. The money came from the Rogers' joint checking account.

Titlow, who is also known as Vonlee Titlow, was charged with murder in January and jailed without bail.

Mrs. Rogers and Titlow, 33, face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted.

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