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Trial Date Set For Howard's Rock Case - Brevard NC

 


The case involving the vandalism of Howard’s Rock at Clemson University’s Frank Howard Field is moving forward, with a trial date now set for July 20, according to The Associated Press.

Local resident Micah Rogers, 20, is accused of scaling a fence surrounding Clemson’s football stadium before breaking open a protective case that housed Howard’s Rock and ultimately chipping away a large portion of the rock itself, before fleeing the scene. Two other males are alleged to have been with Rogers the night of the incident. The missing portion of Howard’s Rock has not been recovered.

The incident originally occurred the night of June 2, 2013. A brief investigation by Pickens County and Clemson University law enforcement, along with surveillance video from outside the stadium that showed a white pickup truck pulling up to the stadium on the night of incident, helped authorities crack the case.

Rogers was originally charged on June 28, 2013, with one felony count of malicious injury to personal property and one misdemeanor count of trespassing. However, this past January, those charges were upgraded to grand larceny and malicious injury to property, valued at more than $10,000.

Rogers could face up to 20 years in prison, if found guilty of both charges.

Rogers is the son of former Transylvania County Board of Education member Michael Rogers, who was indicted last December on one felony count of conspiracy and one felony count of obstructing justice in relation to the case. Another individual who is one of the two alleged to have been with Micah on the night of the incident is also charged with those same felonies.

Michael Rogers is alleged to have instructed and/or encouraged his son, and the other two individuals alleged to have been with Micah the night of the incident, to provide false information to authorities during the course of the investigation. Rogers has maintained his innocence throughout the case.

No trial dates for Michael Rogers or the other individual have been set. More information on this case will be published as it becomes available.

 
 

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