Saturday, March 27, 2010

Cody Rogers charged with beating another inmate

MANATEE — A man awaiting sentencing for attempted armed robbery now faces a charge of battery after he allegedly beat another inmate, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Cody Rogers, 20, is accused of battering an inmate at the jail March 22 after he and several others dragged another 20-year-old inmate into a cell, according to authorities who viewed video footage from the jail.

The inmate was tied up with bed sheets around his legs and hands, according to the arrest report, and when he started turning blue, he was untied and Rogers allegedly began beating him in the head and side.

When asked about his injuries, the inmate told officials he fell out of bed and hit his head, the report said. He later said the other inmates were, “playing around with him and trying to toughen him up,” according to the report.

Circuit Court Judge Gilbert Smith Jr. set Rogers’ bond at $1,500 Saturday morning on a charge of battery on a detained person.

Rogers is slated for sentencing April 26 for attempted armed robbery.

Rogers was connected to the murder of 19-year-old William White Jr. on July 13, 2008, during a botched robbery.

Rogers and 19-year-old Timothy Brooks, who is serving life on a charge for White’s murder, robbed White and his friend, Jakob Cunnien.

White and Cunnien drove to the 1600 block of 27th Avenue Drive East to buy marijuana when they encountered Brooks and Rogers, according to sheriff’s reports.

Rogers put a gun to Cunnien’s head, while Brooks put a gun to White’s head, reports said. After Brooks allegedly snatched a chain from White’s neck, Cunnien said he hit the gas pedal, reports said.

At the same time, Brooks fired a shot, hitting White in the neck, according to documents.

-- Beth Burger,

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