A Monticello police officer at Stephanie Hill Rogers’ bond hearing Friday afternoon in Warren told District Judge Bruce Anderson that former Monticello Mayor Joe Rogers and his ex-wife were the intended victims in a murder-for-hire case.

Stephanie Rogers, 48, 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.

Through a confidential informant, police were able to obtain audio and video recordings of the alleged crime. “There isn’t anything circumstantial about the case,” the officer told Anderson, 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 child.

Anderson determined that Rogers is not indigent but told her that if she subsequently learns she cannot afford to hire an attorney one will be appointed to represent her.

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.

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