Man jailed for five months with no day in court

By: Kate Tillotson Email
By: Kate Tillotson Email

March 23, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---It's been five months since a shootout in Augusta's Cooney Circle. Now most of the suspects are out of jail, but one of them is still behind bars...and his friends and family want him out.

Last November, deputies responded to Jennings Place after gunshots rang out. Six teenagers were arrested.

Antwan Rogers has been sitting in jail for five months now, and his girlfriend says he has yet to be indicted and that little Antoniyah has never seen her father.

"I really do need him here," Tomeka Rolland told News 12. She says she hasn't seen Rogers for months.

"I'm trying to take care of myself, trying to work, trying to do everything. It's pretty hard really."

19-year-old Antwan Rogers is in the same place he's been since late last year: in jail.

He, along with five other teens, was arrested after a shooting last November.

No one was hurt, but several rounds were fired near the Jennings Place public housing area.

What bothers Tomeka is that she says everyone but her boyfriend has been released.

"All of his codefendants has been indicted, has been bonded out or whatever. And he's just sitting there."

According to deputies, Rogers was very much involved in the shooting, charged with possession of a firearm and unlawful gang activity.

News 12 has also learned he appeared in a highly-publicized rap video, wearing a sleeveless jersey and showing off his tattooed forearm. The segment was titled "Barton Village's O-Dubs".

But Tomeka denies his involvement with any gangs. She does admit he may have hung out with some of these gun-toting guys.

"He really wants to get out and make a change and just--you know what I'm saying? Do what's right, basically."

It's a promise Tomeka says she's holding him to, as each day passes and their daughter gets another day older.

Here's a look at the other suspects arrested in connection to this shooting.

Corderro Dunn was taken into state custody last December. Both Stevonn Payne and Darrell Willingham bonded out and have since been released. Rodriquez Hall was entered into the juvenile system. And Fredrick Hall, we learned, is still in custody at the detention center.

We are told this case has been handed over to the DA. No word yet on when Rogers will have his day in court.

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