Judge Rules Rogers Competent In Murder Of Sisters

The man accused of stabbing his sisters to death in August will stand trial after concerns about his mental health have been addressed. Robert Rogers appeared in Christian Circuit Court Thursday afternoon for a competency hearing. Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Timothy Allen says they spent more time with Rogers than usual trying to get his medication right, and evaluating him.


   
He adds they reviewed Rogers' medical history.


   
Circuit Judge John Atkins ruled Rogers could stand trial.


   
The decision means mental illness can be used as a defense in Rogers' case. He acknowledge this is a rare ruling, but the medication controls Rogers' schizophrenia. Defense attorneys voiced concerns about his continuing to get the medication. Judge Atkins says he is trusting the jail to follow through with his care.

Rogers is charged with two counts of Murder for allegedly fatally stabbing his sisters Joanne Rogers and Carolyn Coleman to death at an East 7th Street home August 7. Rogers will be back in court March 1 for a pretrial conference.

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