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Thursday, February 2, 2012
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District Man Convicted of First-Degree Premeditated Murder
While Armed For Killing Teenager During Robbery
- Defendant Opened Fire After Going Through Victim’s Pockets -
WASHINGTON - Reginald Rogers, 20, of Washington, D.C., was convicted by a jury today of first-degree premeditated murder while armed, first-degree felony murder while armed, armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon and related charges stemming from a 2010 slaying in Southeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.
Rogers was convicted following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He is to be sentenced March 16, 2012 by the Honorable Thomas J. Motley. Rogers faces a minimum of 30 years in prison for the crimes.
According to the government’s evidence, Rogers and an unidentified accomplice, both wearing masks, approached a group of four people who were gathered late January 27, 2010, in a parking lot in the 800 block of Barnaby Street SE. Rogers and the accomplice pulled guns, and two of the victims quickly managed to run away. The other two victims – including Calvin Woodland, Jr., 18, the son of the late community activist Calvin Woodland, Sr. – were robbed, with the assailants going through their pockets. Following the robbery, Rogers and the accomplice walked a short distance away, and then turned back and began to shoot at the victims, hitting Mr. Woodland twice in the back as he ran away. He died less than an hour later.
Rogers was arrested in March 2010. At the time of his arrest, he had the murder weapon in his pocket. He has been in custody ever since his arrest.
In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of those who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), including Detectives Joshua Branson, Anthony Greene, James Wilson, Gus Giannakoulias, Kenniss Weeks, Robert Cephas, Ozetta Posey, Norma Horne, and J.V. Francis; Officer Ravi Hiller; and Crime Scene Technicians Karl Turner, Kemper Agee, Tina Ramadhan, Anthony Lozado, Brenda Floyd, Petheria McIver, and Ridley Durham. He also thanked Firearms Examiner Carl Rone, Dr. Russell Alexander of the State of Maryland's medical examiner's office, and Deputy United States Marshals Robert Hoffmaster, Wayne Rollock, and Scott Dmytryshyn. U.S. Attorney Machen commended the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocate Marcia Rinker and Security Specialist Debra Cannon of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit; Litigation Technology Specialists Leif Hickling and Ronald Royal, Paralegal Specialists Sandra Lane and Teresa Nelson, Intelligence Analyst Sharon Johnson, and Intern Zachary Holladay. Finally, he expressed his appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael T. Truscott and Justin Dillon, who prosecuted the case