Kenai man formally charged in Tyonek murder

Posted: Friday, August 06, 2004

The 31-year-old Kenai man arrested in connection with a killing in a Beluga tavern July 26 was formally charged with first-degree murder in Kenai Superior Court on Thursday.

Shawn Rogers is accused of shooting Brian Black, 43, of Beluga, to death in Fat Albert's Tavern and Bunkhouse in Beluga, north of Tyonek.

Defense attorney Chuck Robinson entered a not guilty plea for Rogers, who sat handcuffed in Judge Harold Brown's courtroom during the arraignment. Rogers is being held at Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

Brown scheduled a hearing for Sept. 23 and scheduled Rogers' trial to begin the week of Nov. 1.

Brown kept bail set at $350,000 with a third-party custodian required if Rogers is to be released.

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 who used belts to tie him up.

A motive for the shooting has not been determined, but the two men knew each other, according to troopers.

By PHIL HERMANEK

Peninsula Clarion

The 31-year-old Kenai man arrested in connection with a killing in a Beluga tavern July 26 was formally charged with first-degree murder in Kenai Superior Court on Thursday.

Shawn Rogers is accused of shooting Brian Black, 43, of Beluga, to death in Fat Albert's Tavern and Bunkhouse in Beluga, north of Tyonek.

Defense attorney Chuck Robinson entered a not guilty plea for Rogers, who sat handcuffed in Judge Harold Brown's courtroom during the arraignment. Rogers is being held at Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

Brown scheduled a hearing for Sept. 23 and scheduled Rogers' trial to begin the week of Nov. 1.

Brown kept bail set at $350,000 with a third-party custodian required if Rogers is to be released.

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 who used belts to tie him up.

A motive for the shooting has not been determined, but the two men knew each other, according to troopers.

By PHIL HERMANEK

Peninsula Clarion

The 31-year-old Kenai man arrested in connection with a killing in a Beluga tavern July 26 was formally charged with first-degree murder in Kenai Superior Court on Thursday.

Shawn Rogers is accused of shooting Brian Black, 43, of Beluga, to death in Fat Albert's Tavern and Bunkhouse in Beluga, north of Tyonek.

Defense attorney Chuck Robinson entered a not guilty plea for Rogers, who sat handcuffed in Judge Harold Brown's courtroom during the arraignment. Rogers is being held at Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

Brown scheduled a hearing for Sept. 23 and scheduled Rogers' trial to begin the week of Nov. 1.

Brown kept bail set at $350,000 with a third-party custodian required if Rogers is to be released.

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 who used belts to tie him up.

A motive for the shooting has not been determined, but the two men knew each other, according to troopers.



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