Homeless veteran to stand trial

Ponca City Now - May 21, 2015 9:22 am

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – A homeless military veteran charged with taking hostages at a Norman office building has been ordered to stand trial.

A Cleveland County judge on Wednesday ordered 30-year-old Devin Rogers to trial on felony charges of kidnapping, unlawfully pointing a firearm and possession of a firearm while committing a felony. Rogers also faces misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct with a firearm.

Rogers has said he was homeless and came up with the plan in order to go to prison to have a place to sleep and eat.

Rogers was armed when he forced a man inside the building and told a receptionist to call 911. He later held a hostage for four hours before peacefully surrendering himself to police.

Rogers’ attorneys say the incident was "a cry for help."

 

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