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Witness: Woman allegedly pummeled ex-husband with a sledge hammer

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Sandra Rogers of Mundelein charged with attempting to murder her exhusband and his wife in Lincolnshire. | Special to Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 6, 2013 1:52AM

Sandra Rogers methodically pummeled her ex-husband with a sledge hammer — uttering a curse at every blow — after breaking into his Lincolnshire home, her former boyfriend testified Tuesday.

“Every time she hit him, she said, “you bastard,’” Jonathan McMeekin contended, describing the 2003 attack that severely injured Rick Rogers and his new wife, Angela.

Sandra Rogers, now 56, faces attempted murder charges in the near fatal beatings that Lake County prosecutors said was prompted by her hatred of her former husband.

In 2004, Rogers admitted attacking the couple, but later was allowed to withdraw her guilty plea and stand trial.

McMeekin, who has claimed that in 2003 he was romantically involved with both Sandra Rogers and her teenage daughter, is serving a 20-year sentence after pleading guilty to taking part in the attack. Rogers had initially agreed to a 30 sentence before changing her plea. She already has served about nine years in jail.

McMeekin, now 26, told jurors Tuesday he followed Sandra Rogers into the home, then threw Rick Rogers’ wife to floor after confronting her in the couple’s bedroom.

He was jumped by Rick Rogers and was being choked unconscious, McMeekin said, when he felt a “thump” that made Rogers abruptly loosen his hold.

“I felt the thump through his body and he rolled off me,” said McMeekin, contending he saw Sandra Rogers repeatedly swing a two-pound sledge hammer with both hands as she beat her former husband.

“I saw Sandy fall to her knees and start hitting him on the head,” McMeekin testified.

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