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Trial in 2008 slaying in Berkshire Forest neighborhood begins

Sherry G. Engel, wife of the Horry County man found dead in 2008, testified for several hours Tuesday against the Kentucky man who is charged in her husband's death.

She has been jailed for 29 months and signed a proffer with prosecutors to testify against Timmy Rogers, 43, of Leitchfield, Ky., who is charged with murder in the death of Frederik Engel.

Sherry Engel, 54, also faces a murder charge and accessory before the fact and after the fact of murder in her husband's death.

Frederik Engel's body was found on April 22, 2008, in a wooded area near the mailboxes of the couple's home in the Berkshire Forest community near Carolina Forest. An autopsy showed the 54-year-old was strangled with a shoelace-type material.

Sherry Engel spent several hours recounting that she met Fred online in a chat room in 2000, when they were both married to other people. Later that year, he left his wife, and Sherry moved to Holland with him. She stayed there with him for 2 years before she moved back to Kentucky.

The couple married in March 2006, and she moved to Berkshire Forest with him in May 2006. Fred worked for a company in Mullins. In May 2007, she met rogers in Kentucky and began an affair with him.

“I kept telling him I loved my husband. I didn’t want to leave my husband,” she testified. “I told him ‘If you’re going to do it, there’s nothing I can do to change your mind.’ . . . He told me he was going to shoot him.”

On April 21, 2008, Sherry Engel said Rogers called her at 11:05 p.m. and told her he was in place to send Fred Engel to the mailboxes of the couple’s subdivision, she said.

“I did as him to go pick up the mail. When I heard the garage opening . . . I picked up my phone and called Tim and said he’s leaving and hung up,” Sherry Engel testified. “Tim then called me and he said it’s done. He was out of breath.”

She talked to Rogers for a few minutes and then hung up. But she soon called him back, she said.

Sherry Engel sought help from neighbors, who said she was concerned when her husband of three years didn't return home after walking to check the mail. Blood and Engel's glasses were near the mailboxes, but Frederik Engel's body was not initially found when police searched the nearby area.

His body was later found by police bloodhound dogs in the woods about 100 yards from his home.

Deputy Solicitor Jimmy Richardson of the 15th Circuit said: “If you hadn’t called or conspired with Timmy Rogers.”

But Sherry Engel interrupted him and began crying as she said: “Fred would be alive today.”

Sherry Engel and Rogers were arrested in May 2008 in Kentucky and later returned to Horry County to face charges in the death.

The trial began Tuesday morning, and in the afternoon, a jury of five men and nine women, including two alternates, examined crime scene photos.