According to an affidavit for an arrest warrant for Stephanie Hill Rogers, who allegedly attempted to have her husband and his ex-wife killed, wanted to collect insurance money and her husband’s business.
Stephanie Hill Rogers, 48, of Monticello, is the wife of former Monticello Mayor Joe Rogers. She was arrested Thursday.
Below are Stephanie Rogers’ alleged actions, as outlined in the affidavit.
On October 16, 2018, a confidential informant reported to the Monticello Police Department that Stephanie Rogers approached her about killing her husband’s ex-wife, Debbie Rogers, according to the affidavit.
The informant said Rogers also told her that she had attempted to loosen the lug nuts on her husband’s vehicle but he left their residence in another vehicle.
Rogers said she needed to have the ex-wife, Debbie Rogers, killed prior to her husband, Joe Rogers, because Debbie Rogers would be the recipient of life insurance policies and obtain control Joe Rogers’ business, according to the affidavit.
The informant stated that Rogers told her that after Debbie Rogers was killed, she (Stephanie) would “take care of Joe” then receive the insurance policies along with Joe Rogers’ business, according to the affidavit.
On October 17, the confidential informant contacted Stephanie Rogers. The informant recorded their conversation. State Police Special Agent Bo Norris and Monticello Police Detective Kenny Cox were present when the the conversation was recorded.
The confidential informant told Rogers that she had an uncle that could “take out” Debbie Rogers. Rogers asked if the uncle could be trusted, according to the affidavit.
Rogers advised the confidential informant that she would meet her after she got off work to discuss it in more detail. During the phone conversation, Rogers noted that she had talked to someone else about doing it that weekend.
On October 17, at approximately 4:44 p.m., Rogers arrived at the confidential informant’s place of employment. The conversation between Rogers and the confidential informant was video and audio recorded.
During the recorded conversation, Rogers asked the informant if her uncle could be trusted to kill Debbie Rogers. She said she wanted Debbie Rogers’ death to look like a robbery at her residence and wanted Joe Rogers’ death to “look like an accident, end of story,” and “that she can handle that one.” She said “all she had to do was the truck front tires when he goes to his next doctor’s appointment,” according to the affidavit.
Rogers continued questioning the confidential informant about her uncle, asking if he knew who she was and how would he do it. Rogers said she thinks the best way to do it is to make it look like a robbery at Debbie Rogers’ house, according to the affidavit.
Rogers said Debbie Rogers would go to church that night, October 17, implying that it should be done that night. She also asked the confidential informant what her uncle would want in return if he “just did Debbie.”
Rogers strongly expressed that she needed to know when it was going to be done and that she was “ready for this lady to be gone.” Rogers then began describing Debbie Rogers’ residence, directions to the residence, the number of doors at the residence and what type of vehicle she drives, according to the affidavit.
Special Agent Norris and Detective Cox met with the confidential informant again on October 18. The confidential informant contacted Stephanie Rogers by text message and informed her that her uncle wanted to discuss details with her. Rogers then called the confidential informant and stated that she did not want to meet with him face-to-face and was concerned about how much it was going to cost. Rogers then stated that she “would just go the other route.”
Stephanie Rogers was arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly conspiring to commit capital murder and criminal solicitation to commit capital murder this week, between October 16 and October 18. Her $500,000 bond was set Friday at a first appearance hearing in Warren.
At Rogers’ first appearance hearing, Detective Cox told District Judge Bruce Anderson that police have audio and video recordings of the alleged crime. “There isn’t anything circumstantial about the case,” Cox said, adding that he believes Stephanie Rogers is a flight risk because she has the financial means to flee.
Anderson set Rogers’ bond at $500,000 and ordered her to have no contact with Joe Rogers, his ex-wife, Debbie Rogers, and two others, including a minor.
Stephanie Rogers is employed by the Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center in Warren. She is involved in youth programs in Monticello and ran for a seat on the Monticello City Council in 2016. She was not successful in her election bid.
Joe Rogers served as mayor of Monticello from 2007 until 2010 and again in 2014, completing the remaining five and a half months of late Mayor Allen Maxwell’s unexpired term. Rogers is currently running again for mayor in the November 6 General Election.