Posted on February 27, 2009 4:56 AM
By Adam Clark
Collegian Staff Writer
On Feb. 23, 2006, Penn State student Youngcheol Park went to his friend's house to watch a movie and do his homework. Five days later, police entered the house and found his body.
Park's friend, Andrew Rogers, testified in court that he killed Park, but insisted he acted in self-defense when a mysterious third man instigated a fight.
Despite Rogers' claims, he was convicted of third-degree murder in April 2007. His story was a source of controversy, as Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira questioned the validity of Rogers' story and the existence of the third man. However, evidence has surfaced that defense attorneys argue supports Rogers' claims, and in December he was granted a new trial.
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Bail Set At $500,000 For Rogers
January 06, 2009 9:26 AM
According to the Daily Collegian, Centre County Judge Bradley Lunsford set Andrew Rogers' bail at $500,000 Monday, the full amount suggested by District Attorney Michael Madeira.
The high bail was too high for the man formerly convicted of the murder of a Penn State student in 2006. However, the prosecution was ordered to turn over new materials which the defense believes could help prove the existence of a mysterious third party the night of the murder. Lunsford also released funds for a new medical investigation into the death.
Throughout his trial, Rogers maintained a third man known as "Sweet" instigated a fight, forcing him to kill Youngcheol Park in self-defense.
Rogers' attorneys seek dismissal
Move likely to delay resolution for case until next year
Sara Ganim- email@example.com
Thursday, Sep. 24, 2009
BELLEFONTE — Attorneys for Andrew Rogers are appealing to the Superior Court to have his third-degree murder case dismissed on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct — a move that will likely delay any resolution of the case until next year.
Andrew Rogers’ retrial on the charges was scheduled to begin Oct. 19. He is accused of beating to death 24-year-old Penn State student Youngcheol Park in a cocaine- fueled rage in Rogers’ Nimitz Avenue home in 2006.
Judge Bradley P. Lunsford ordered Rogers receive a new trial after learning that prosecutors had not provided Rogers’ attorneys with information that could have bolstered his argument of self-defense.
However, he rejected the defense attorneys request to throw out the case on double jeopardy grounds last week, saying District Attorney Michael Madeira’s mistake was an act of “seriously poor judgment” but there was no evidence it was intentional.
A formal continuance for the trial was signed by Lunsford this week as well, after the court learned that experts who are needed to testify wouldn’t be available on the scheduled trial dates.
Lunsford has asked the attorneys involved not to discuss the case.
Andrew Rogers is currently housed at SCI Greene.