The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

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January 23, 2014

Man to plead guilty in DeMuth's death next week

TARBORO — A Williamston man charged with killing a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper and former Edgecombe County Sheriff's deputy, Gene DeMuth, during a chase faces more than 13 years in prison on charges stemming from crimes that led to the DeMuth's death Sept. 8, 2012.

Christopher McCoy Rodgers, 41, was sentenced Wednesday in Wake County to 13.5 to 18.3 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree burglary, common law robbery and two counts of kidnapping.

According to WRAL, Wake County Assistant District Attorney Howard Cummings said Rodgers forced his way into the Raleigh home of his estranged girlfriend, restrained her and her child with duct tape. He then locked them in the bathroom and stole her ATM card, which he used to obtain money and buy crack cocaine.

The woman later managed to free herself and call 911.

Rodgers was spotted by Raleigh police a short time later and a chase ensued as  he led law enforcement through three counties, Wake, Franklin and Nash, that resulted in McCoy hitting DeMuth with his vehicle on U.S. 64 near Spring Hope in Nash County. The impact of the vehicle killed DeMuth instantly.

For the complete story, see today's print edition of The Daily Southerner.

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