Man charged with killing ex-reality TV contestant

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, file photo, police and coroner's officials investigate a home in the Lennox area of Los Angeles as they search for Lisa Marie Naegle, who has been missing since the previous weekend. A body believed to be that of the former reality show contestant was found buried in the backyard, after a man in one of her nursing classes pointed police to the shallow grave as they questioned him in the woman's disappearance, authorities said. Lisa Marie Naegle, 36, a nurse, was a losing contestant in 2010 on the E! network show "Bridalplasty," where she competed for a dream wedding and plastic surgery. (Brad Graverson/The Daily Breeze via AP)

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has been charged with beating to death a former reality TV show contestant with a hammer and burying her in his backyard.

Jackie Rogers was charged Thursday with murder. It's unclear whether he has an attorney because his scheduled Thursday arraignment was postponed.

Rogers could face 26 years to life in prison if convicted.

The 34-year-old Lennox man is charged with bludgeoning to death Lisa Marie Naegle of San Pedro last Sunday.

Naegle was a registered nurse who taught nursing at a local community college. She was a losing contestant in the 2010 reality series "Bridalplasty."

Rogers was a student of the 36-year-old married woman. He was arrested after video showed him leaving a Torrance beerhall with Naegle. Police haven't disclosed the nature of their relationship.