Faith Rogers' younger sister Michelle Rogers holds a photo collage of Faith that hung on the wall in their family home in September 2022. A readiness hearing was held Wednesday for Anthony Michael Migliaccio, who was indicted in late November 2022 on two counts of second-degree murder and a charge of manslaughter. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Readiness hearing extended for suspect in killing of Faith Rogers

The next hearing is set for late June.

A readiness hearing for the man accused of killing a Juneau woman in late September of 2022 was extended a month on Wednesday as his public defender sought more time for what she described as a “complex case.”

Anthony Michael Migliaccio, 34, was indicted in late November 2022 on two counts of second-degree murder and a charge of manslaughter, according to court documents. He pleaded not guilty.

His arrest and later indictment followed a two-month investigation after the body of Faith Rogers, 55, of Juneau, was found on Kaxdigoowu Héen Dei Trail, also known as the Brotherhood Bridge Trail in late September. The Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage autopsy found Roger’s cause of death to be severe blood loss due to a sharp-force injury to her neck, according to the initial charging documents.

Migliaccio was present during the hearing Wednesday morning via phone. According to his public defender Anna Ambrose, Migliaccio is no longer at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center and instead has been transferred to Goose Creek Correctional Center in Wasilla.

Ambrose said she could not say what prompted his transfer and offered no comment on the case to the Empire. Last fall, about half of the inmates at LCCC were transferred to other facilities due to repairs at the Juneau prison.

During the hearing, Ambrose originally asked for a six-month continuance, citing the case as “quite complex” and noted there is an ongoing investigation she anticipates will take “quite some time.” Ambrose said she expects to file a motion to compel by the week of June 19.

“I want to make sure that I’ve gone through every bit of discovery,” she said.

Her request for a six-month continuance was reduced to one month by Judge Marianna Carpeneti to allow for Roger’s family to voice any concerns about an extended period. No family members were present in person or online at the hearing.

Migliaccio automatically waived his right to a speedy trial during a previous hearing in September.

His next readiness hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 28.

• Contact reporter Clarise Larson at clarise.larson@juneauempire.com or (651)-528-1807.

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