Stephanie Hill-Rogers, a Monticello woman who is alleged to have plotted to kill her husband and his ex-wife, pleaded not guilty on Friday and had her bond reduced from $500,000 to $100,000.
Rogers has been held in the Drew County Detention Center since her October 2018 arrest. She was formally charged in December with two counts of first-degree murder solicitation in connection with an alleged plot in October to kill her husband, former Monticello Mayor Joe Rogers and his former wife, Debbie Rogers.
During cross-examination at a hearing on Friday, 10th Judicial District Deputy Prosecutor Crews Puryear asked Rogers’ daughter who would post the bond for her mother. She told Puryear that Joe Rogers would post the bond if it is reduced.
Debbie Rogers opposed the bond reduction, according to her testimony at the hearing. Joe Rogers did not testify.
Circuit Judge Quincey Ross granted the bond reduction request with certain conditions, specifically GPS ankle monitoring and several no contact orders. He said Rogers could not be released until the monitor is in place and she is to have no contact with Debbie Rogers, Joe Rogers, Mykayla Rawls and a minor.
First-degree murder solicitation is a Class A felony punishable by six to 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000. If convicted, Stephanie Rogers, 48, could face a maximum 60-year prison sentence and fined $30,000.