Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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October 14, 2008

Warrants issued in murder case

Officers still seeking suspect

CORDELE — Warrants for the arrest of Caesar Octavious Rogers, age 26 of Cordele, were issued Tuesday for murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during a crime, and burglary.

The warrants come as a result of an investigation by the Cordele Police Department and Georgia Bureau of Investigation into the death of Clayton Bernard Carter, whose body was found Monday afternoon at a West 14th Avenue duplex.

CPD officers and GBI agents began looking for Rogers late Monday afternoon, and investigators apparently learned enough to request warrants for the murder charge and others. Rogers remains at large as of presstime.

Rogers is a black male who stands 5’9”, weighs approximately 160 pounds and has short twists in his hair. He was last seen wearing a green shirt and a denim jacket. Anyone with information about Rogers’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Cordele Police Department.

According to a press release issued by the Cordele Police Department, officers learned Tuesday that Carter and Rogers had an argument around noon Monday near the intersection of 16th Avenue and 11th Street. The release did not describe the nature or reason for the argument.

After the argument Rogers reportedly went to the duplex on 14th Avenue where officers allege he then shot Carter dead. Cordele Police and Crisp County EMS were dispatched to the scene at approximately 2:35 p.m. in response to a 911 call.

Cordele Police Chief Dwayne Orrick said his officers worked along with GBI agents throughout Monday night and Tuesday to follow up on a number of leads. In the meantime, Carter’s body was transported by Crisp County Coroner Jimmy Rainey Tuesday morning to the State Crime Lab in Atlanta, where a post-mortem exam is scheduled for today.

Rogers is currently the only suspect in Carter’s murder, and the 26-year old has prior drug-related arrests and convictions. According to public information on the Georgia Department of Corrections website, Rogers was released on parole on July 30 of last year from Coffee County Correctional Facility, where he served three years and two months of a 15-year sentence for a cocaine possession conviction stemming from August of 2003.

Rogers was also convicted at that time on a felony marijuana possession charge and his record indicates another conviction on cocaine and marijuana charges lodged against him in late 2002. He was 21 years old when he began serving his sentence on October 16, 2003.

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