Business owner's death labeled homicide

Victim: Julius Rogers
Victim: Julius Rogers

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Julius Rogers taught United States History at Carver High School in Columbus. He also owned Rogers Grocery with his brother off of Steam Mill Road and was active in his church. He was well respected and well liked.

Now, Rogers is at the center of a homicide investigation.

The 69-year-old was stabbed once in his home off of County Line Road back in November.

Rogers managed to cling to life for two months after he was stabbed but in early February, he passed away from complications after surgery.

After that, the case-originally reported as family violence- was upgraded.

According to police documents, whoever stabbed Rogers lived under the same roof.

Sources say it was a mentally handicapped person, perhaps blurring the line between awareness of right and wrong and making the killing difficult to prosecute.

Police won't confirm who is responsible for the wound that ultimately claimed Roger's life, calling the case highly sensitive.

"He is a man that is going to be missed deeply by his sisters, by his brothers, by his family, by the community. He's going to be greatly, greatly missed because he's been a part of this community for many, many years," Rogers' niece told WTVM.

So far, no charges have been filed in the case and no arrests have been made.

Police are not calling this a murder, specifically labeling it a homicide.

Officials in the Columbus Police Department's Major Crimes Division say homicides can be justified in certain situations like self defense or in the case of an accident.

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