By Will Vandervort.
By Will Vandervort
On Friday morning Micah Rogers, who appears to be a Clemson football fan, turned himself into the Clemson University Police Department, where he was arrested and charged with one felony: malicious injury to animals or personal property valued at more than $2,000, but less than $10,000; and one misdemeanor: trespassing, unlawful entry into enclosed places.
Rogers is the sole owner of a white 1993 Ford F-250 pickup truck that was seen on the night in which Howard’s Rock was vandalized. Rogers’ lawyer, Frank Eppes of Greenville, SC, said his client saw himself in the video after authorities released it to the media on June 20.
That following Friday Rogers, 18 years of age, contacted Mr. Eppes and this past Monday he went in and spoke with lead investigators about what happened on the night of June 2, when the crime allegedly occurred.
“On Thursday night they put out the video of the truck, and Micah Rogers realized he was a part of the investigation,” Eppes said. “On Friday the family made contact with me, and then he submitted himself to the authorities.
“They brought up charges and we will let this thing work itself out in the judicial process.”
From what we have learned at The Clemson Insider.com, Mr. Rogers has not confessed to any of the charges that have been brought against him.
From what we have gathered, Rogers and his family were in the Clemson area on the night in question as part of camping trip on Lake Keowee. It’s a trip the family, which is from Pishgah Forest, N.C., has made countless times through the years.
The Rogers family spent the day shopping in Clemson that afternoon, but Rogers and his friends later drove back to Clemson that night. Rogers’ father, Mike Rogers, used to be the pastor at Dunn’s Rock Baptist Church in Brevard, N.C. His dad also owns a masonry company, which he has owned since 1993.
Through Mr. Eppes, the Rogers Family request their privacy be respected and that people allow this to take its course in the judicial process.
Clemson University Police Captain Eric Hendricks says they are still investigating the case and more arrest could be made in the investigation. Hendricks would not say where the investigation is in regards to the other two men seen on the video with Micah Rogers.
Hendricks did not give any more information because he did not want to hinder the investigation into Mr. Rogers and anyone else who might be involved in the crime.
Rogers appeared in a Clemson University Municipal Court Friday morning and was released on personal recognizance bond of $5,470.
More information and plenty of discussion of this case in The Rock.