CASE UPDATE: Carl Rodgers Held for Trial

January 30, 2018 | Topic: Criminal

Perry County Man Charged with Murdering his Wife 34 Years Ago Faces Trial

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced a Perry County man charged with the murder of his wife was held for trial by Magisterial District Judge Michael Schechtery.

Carl Rodgers, 62, of Fox Hollow Road, Shermans Dale, was held for court following a preliminary hearing on charges of criminal homicide in the 1983 death of his wife, Debra Jane Rodgers. Following Debra’s death on April 22, 1983, Rodgers led family members to Debra’s body in the woods and gave inconsistent statements to police.

“For more than three decades, the family and friends of Debra Jane Rodgers have sought justice, and wondered if this day would ever come,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “Thanks to a strong collaboration between the Pennsylvania State Police and our office, and the effective use of a statewide investigating grand jury, Carl Rodgers stands charged with murder.”

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