News

Jury deliberating Rogers case

Just more than a month after a judge sentenced former Lakewood Ranch High quarterback Tim Brooks to life in prison for killing a man during a robbery, a jury is deliberating Friday afternoon the fate of a second man charged with murder in the case.

The case of Cody Rogers, who is accused of aiding Brooks in a robbery during which Brooks shot and killed 19-year-old William White Jr. on July 13, 2008, has been in the jury’s hands since around noon at Manatee County courthouse.

Jurors asked for an short break at around 5 p.m. A Herald reporter at the courthouse said they also asked for coffee, “lots of it.”

Rogers, 19, is accused of first-degree murder and robbery. He faces life in prison, if convicted.

Last month a jury convicted Brooks — a former football standout at Lakewood Ranch — on the same charges, and he was sentenced to life in prison.

Prosecutors say Rogers also had a gun and pointed it at the driver of the car White was riding in but did not fire his weapon. Florida law allows the state to seek a murder charge against someone committing a felony act — such as a robbery — during which a person dies.

  Comments