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The man police believe is responsible for the stabbing deaths of two El Cerrito lawyers may face charges as early as today. Paul and Julie Rogers were found early Tuesday morning, each with extensive stab wounds. Paul Rogers, 48, was found dead in his bedroom. Julie Rogers, 47, died hours later in a Walnut Creek hospital. Two of the couple’s three children were home during the attack, though both were reportedly left unharmed. By the time Julie Rogers died, police had already arrested her brother, Edward Wycoff, in a Roseville hospital 90 minutes northeast of El Cerrito. Wycoff was found dripping blood, the result of injuries he attributed to a motorcycle accident, according to news reports. Hal Jewett, head of the Contra Costa DA’s homicide unit, said Wycoff is being held in county jail. He expects police to submit a report on the slaying today. “If there is sufficient evidence to warrant prosecution, we will file charges and proceed with a case,” Jewett said. Meanwhile, friends and associates are grieving the sudden loss of the two, who were temporarily renting a home near Wildcat Canyon Regional Park while renovating their four-bedroom house nearby. Paul Rogers was a partner with El Cerrito firm Rogers & Meador, which opened in 2003 as Roden & Rogers and specialized in business counseling. Prior to that, he was a longtime partner at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, which he left in 2001 to join Preston Gates & Ellis. He received an M.B.A. from Haas School of Business and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1988. Julie Rogers, who did some trademark work for her husband’s firm, was deeply involved in local politics, and spent 11 years on the El Cerrito Planning Commission. She graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1986. “She knew very well and understood the city code,” said Richard Bartke, a former El Cerrito mayor and a close neighbor. “But she was such a good and personable gal, she wasn’t ever heavy-handed about [her work on the planning commission]. “Whenever the city needed something, she was one who would step up and help,” he added. Ross Meador, Paul Rogers’ law partner, said the killings cut short a budding firm that was building a foreign investment practice focusing on Asian markets. “The firm was definitely growing. Last year was our best year ever,” said Meador, who first teamed up with Rogers as moot court partners at Boalt. “There’s no question that Paul was the leader, the driving spirit and the guiding light of this firm. It is going to be very, very hard to go on,” he said. The news also came as a blow to Rogers’ former colleagues at Howard, Rice. Thomas Larsen, a partner there who knew Rogers since he joined the firm in 1988, said he was struck by how many employees expressed feelings about him, even those who weren’t particularly close to him. “There’s lots of things I’ll miss about Paul,” Larsen said. If there’s one image that stands out the most, he said, “it’s his smile.” “He was a very likeable, friendly, outgoing person. People just liked being around him,” added Howard, Rice partner Ronald Star. Relatives are planning a memorial service for the couple. Details will be posted on the Web site of Rogers & Meador at www.rmbcal.com. Denise Sangster, who lives near the Rogers home, said neighbors have established a trust fund for Paul and Julie Rogers to benefit their three children. The Rogers Family Memorial Fund has been set up at Mechanics Bank in El Cerrito. For more information, call (510) 558-2300.

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