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Man pleads guilty in 2012 state trooper's death

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Trooper Bobby DeMuth Jr. Trooper Bobby DeMuth Jr.
Christopher Rodgers Christopher Rodgers

The man responsible for the death of North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper Bobby DeMuth Jr. in 2012 plead guilty Monday to second-degree murder in a Nash County courtroom.

As part of a plea agreement, Christopher Rodgers, 41, will spend 35 years in prison on charges for second-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, and one count each of burglary and robbery.

Rodgers forced his way into a woman's home on Sept. 8, 2012, and then proceeded to restrain her and her 21-month-old child, lock them in a room and steal the woman's ATM card.

The woman was able to free herself and go to a friend's house where she called police.

Police were then alerted to be on the lookout for Rodgers' vehicle, which was spotted by a Raleigh police officer. The officer began following the vehicle until reaching the Highway 96 Exit on U.S. 64, where the Wake County Sheriff's Office took over pursuing the suspect.

Authorities attempted to stop Rodgers on U.S. 64 East near Hodge Road, but he failed to stop and headed into Nash County.

The State Highway Patrol said DeMuth was struck and killed while trying to deploy stop sticks on U.S. 264 in order to stop the car.

The car drove on for a short distance before being stopped by authorities.


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