Defense rests after contentious afternoon, deliberations to begin Thursday


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Rogers tells the judge he has elected to not testify.
Rogers tells the judge he has elected to not testify.

PICKENS – The defense rested its case following a contentious afternoon during the trial of the man accused of vandalizing Clemson University's Howard's Rock.

The prosecution rested its case shortly after the jury returned from lunch, and defense attorney Frank Eppes called two witnesses to the stand during the afternoon session before resting his case a little after 3:30 p.m.

Micah Rogers, 20, of Pisgah Forest (NC) has been charged with grand larceny and malicious injury to property valued at more than $10,000 for vandalizing Clemson’s Howard’s Rock. If convicted, Rogers faces up to ten years in prison on each charge. The vandalism took place on June 2, 2013 when Rogers allegedly broke the casing of the pedestal that houses Howard’s Rock and chipped off a large piece of the rock.

The trial began Monday with Solicitor Walt Wilkins and Assistant Solicitor Baker Cleveland serving as the state’s prosecutors. Leila Dunbar – an expert witness who as appraised memorabilia for the NFL Hall of Fame, Baseball Hall of Fame and New York Yankees Museum testified that if Howard’s Rock was broken into 1,344 pieces, each piece would sell for $100 each, totally $134,000.

The state presented its case early Wednesday morning, calling Clemson University Police Department lead investigator Capt. Brad Rhodes to the stand, continued with SLED agent Michael Sloan and ended with eyewitness Xavia Winn. Judge James Barber of the fifth judicial circuit is presiding.

Winn’s testimony stated that Rogers, Winn and A.J. Gainey arrived outside the stadium on the night of the vandalism, and Winn said while he stood in front of the gate that stands in front of Howard’s Rock Rogers scrambled over the fence. Winn testified that not long after he heard the sound of glass breaking and hammering coming from inside the stadium. He then testified that he and Gainey went across the street to the Scroll of Honor and were later joined by Rogers. As the trio walked back to Rogers’ truck, Winn testified that Rogers stood in the middle of the road and danced and said, “I’ve got what I want. I got a piece of the rock.”

Prosecutors also had SLED agent Michael Sloan and Rhodes testify that Rogers was visibly nervous when he met with investigators at the Pickens County Courthouse and asked for a trash can to be handy in case he needed to throw up. Defense attorney Frank Eppes called his first witness of the afternoon – Austin Owens – to show that Rogers has a history of stomach issues.

Owens said he has been a friend of Rogers’ for over six years, and he remembers Rogers getting sick prior to football games and on other occasions when Rogers would be nervous. Eppes then called Connie Rogers – Rogers’ mother – to the stand.

It was then that things got a little contentious as Eppes endeavored to introduce photos into evidence that the state didn’t want the jury to see. The judge dismissed the jury and the two sides and the judge hashed out the differences over the next 20 minutes, the end result being that the photo Eppes wanted to introduce could be shown.

Connie Rogers testified that following the accusations against her son, she bought and downloaded an internet program that allowed her to download pictures from Micah’s phone and found one of him in front of Clemson's Scroll of Honor, which is across from Memorial Stadium, the night of the vandalism. The time on the photo was 11:35 p.m, and the state alleges the vandalism took place sometime around 11:30 p.m. She also testified that Micah has had a weak stomach his entire life and even brought Prilosec into the courtroom as evidence. The defense rested its case at that point, and the judge said that due to the late hour in the day the jury would hear the closing arguments and begin deliberations on Thursday.

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spacer New Story: Defense rests after contentious afternoon, deliberations to begin Thursday
TigerNet News
spacer thanks, finally
WiseTiger
spacer So basically there was no defense.***
Tiger1983®
spacer Re: So basically there was no defense.***
123me
spacer Re: thanks, finally
JonnyDangerously
spacer Wow, crying over crying
WiseTiger
spacer Re: Wow, crying over crying
JonnyDangerously
spacer Well, what was I wrong about?
WiseTiger
spacer who is robert?***
cutiger250
spacer Re: Well, what was I wrong about?
JonnyDangerously
spacer I'm sure you're pretty well schooled
WiseTiger
spacer Re: New Story: Defense rests after contentious afternoon, deliberations to begin Thursday
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Defense: So I have this photo placing my client
cmj2086
spacer Re: Defense: So I have this photo placing my client
84OX®
spacer My thoughts exactly! What Moran defense attorney
Aikitiger
spacer So his defense is that he throws up a lot and has stomach
mikeyT®
spacer Re: So his defense is that he throws up a lot and has stomach
tigrtom
spacer A box of Prilosec as evidence.....wow
Tall_Tiger_Two
spacer his stomach issues are so bad that he bought
Neal in NC®
spacer I can't believe the jury didn't interrupt...
CUfan99
spacer That would be the absolute easiest thing to forge.
soccerkrzy®
spacer Better stick to your day job
Fever®
spacer Electrical Engineer, okay.
soccerkrzy®
spacer Forensic Computer Analyst
Fever®
spacer I told you the defense would be hilarious. As for the guys
Clemson81to85
spacer I cannot understand
Willmo®
spacer Re: New Story: Defense rests after contentious afternoon, deliberations to begin Thursday
knowitall
spacer except they have no cast any doubt at all
Neal in NC®
spacer Yeah i don't understand how the picture was supposed
Bleedorange09
spacer True Dat! ****
Aikitiger
spacer David - A Question...
CLEMSON96JDH
spacer My best guess on that is to show that he was
El Swann®
spacer The truck of Rogers was seen clearly in the video....
TheTigerFan555
spacer Re: The truck of Rogers was seen clearly in the video....
smed
spacer Bring prilosec to prison...
BigClemsonFan®
spacer Lucky guy is going to get lots of dates in prison
Neal in NC®
spacer Re: New Story: Defense rests after contentious afternoon, deliberations to begin Thursday
allintiger1
spacer Yep... Wouldn't surprise me at all. ****
Aikitiger
spacer hey Micah ... When you go to jail, forget the Prilosec, just
hotsawce
spacer Re: New Story: Defense rests after contentious afternoon, deliberations to begin Thursday
OrangeNpurp81
spacer He'll be found not guilty.
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer Re: He'll be found not guilty.
smed
spacer Taking it like a man.
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer Re: New Story: Defense rests after contentious afternoon, deliberations to begin Thursday
I bleed orange
spacer You can't take a plea after you start a trail
Neal in NC®
spacer If he told the truth.....
rncox
spacer What about the "Expert"?
Tiger99and00
spacer Those were my exacts thoughts reading that,
AppTiger02
spacer Re: Those were my exacts thoughts reading that,
Mighty Zep®
spacer Re: What about the "Expert"?
Leadeath
spacer How is the relationship between this scum and his mother?
nkickha
spacer That photo proved the witness for the prosecution was...
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer Re: How is the relationship between this scum and his mother?
Litefoot®
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