Rogers goes to trial Monday for killing in Beluga tavern

Posted: Friday, February 02, 2007

Jury selection is scheduled to begin in Kenai Superior Court on Monday in the murder trial of Shawn Rogers.

Rogers is the 33-year-old Kenai man charged with the shooting death of Brian Black, 43, of Beluga, in the summer of 2004

Retired Anchorage Superior Court Judge Larry Card will preside over the Kenai trial, which is expected to continue through the entire month of February.

Assistant district attorney Scot Leaders is slated to present the state’s case against Rogers, and Soldotna defense attorney Chuck Robinson is representing Rogers.

Robinson said on Thursday that Rogers is not in custody; he has been released on bail, which had originally been set at $350,000. Rogers is accused of shooting Black to death in Fat Albert’s Tavern and Bunkhouse in Beluga, north of Tyonek.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Rogers fired two shots from a 45mm semi-automatic pistol, one of which struck Black in the chest. Investigators found little blood at the scene, indicating Black died almost instantly, according to troopers.

Troopers and medics flew to the tavern on the west side of Cook Inlet and took custody of Rogers, who reportedly had been restrained by other bar patrons using belts to tie him up.

A motive for the shooting had not been determined at the time of the arrest, but the two men knew each other, according to troopers.

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek@

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