Community Reacts After Hopksinville Double Fatal Stabbings

Posted at 2:18 PM, Aug 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 20:26:15-04

Authorities said two women have been murdered in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and their brother has been arrested.

The incident happened between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday in the 1700 block of East Seventh Street.

Authorities identified the victims as 69-year-old Francis Carolyn Coleman, of Houston, Texas, and 62-year-old Joanne Rogers, of Hopkinsville.

Officials said Rogers died at the scene, and police confirmed Coleman passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from an apparent stab wound to her neck.

Reports stated it was believed they died from being stabbed, but autopsies have been planned to determine the exact cause of death.

The brother of the women, identified as 65-year-old Robert Jerry Rogers, of Hopkinsville, was found by police with blood on himself and his clothes.

Robert Rogers has been charged with two counts of murder. He was booked into the Christian County Jail and is being held without bond.

Those who know Rogers say he was a pleasant guy to be around but was clear that he had some issues.

"I felt he was crying out for help from the inside," Jimmie Rogers of Auto-Rama said.

Jimmie has fixed the suspect's car for almost five years. They bonded over the Bible but Jimmie knew something was wrong. His behavior became more erratic days before the murders. 

"He seemed to be mentally disturbed," Jimmie told NewsChannel 5. "He was making outrageous remarks on Friday and customers in the nearby businesses called police."

Rogers was supposed to appear in court on Monday but it is being rescheduled. 

Hopkinsville Police said Rogers was being uncooperative so the motive remains unknown.

Rogers did not reside at his sister's house but lived nearby. Police say he did not seem to be under the influence during his arrest. 

The investigation remained ongoing.