Man pleads guilty to murder of ex-wife's boyfriend

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By: Julie Montanaro
May 16, 2017

A Tallahassee man accused of killing a FAMU cancer researcher enters a guilty plea in court.

Sheldon Rogers pleaded guilty Tuesday to murdering Moise Joseph in September 2015.

The victim's mother stunned the court when she asked the judge if she could give her son's killer a hug.

"The love that I have for my son ... I want to translate it to Mr. Sheldon. I really do want to give him a hug," she said.

The judge said no citing security protocols.

Rogers is accused of shooting and stabbing Joseph during a confrontation in the parking lot of the San Marcos apartments.

Police say Joseph - who was dating Rogers' ex-wife - died trying to protect her.

"He died as the person who he is. He would not let that young lady suffer," best friend Rhone Francis said afterward. "He would take the bullet for her so that he would know that she is well."

"Him dying that way made us feel better because he was doing what he truly believed in which is protecting the people he loved," his sister Stacey Clarke said.

Clarke told the judge she came to the hearing to seek justice and celebrate Joseph's life. Clarke says Joseph had two biology degrees from FAMU, was doing cancer research at the university and dreamed of becoming a physician.

She says the last time she and her family saw Joseph was at a Labor Day gathering just a few weeks before his death.

Rogers was sentenced to life in prison for Joseph's murder and five years for the armed attack on his ex-wife. She survived.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 16, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee man charged in the murder of his ex-wife's new boyfriend is heading to prison after pleading guilty to the crime.

Sheldon Rogers pleaded guilty to the murder in court on Tuesday.

Rogers was indicted in October of 2015 on murder and aggravated assault charges for the fatal shooting of Moise Joseph outside the San Marco Apartments in September 2015.

Police reports say Rogers pointed a gun at his ex-wife and Joseph tackled him, but wound up getting shot and stabbed.

Rogers was sentenced to life in prison.


UPDATED
October 27, 2015
By Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man has just been indicted for murder and aggravated assault.

He's accused of pointing a gun at his ex-wife and killing her new boyfriend.

A Leon County grand jury handed down a first degree murder indictment against Sheldon Rogers this morning.

Ours were the only cameras rolling when the judge announced it in court.

Rogers is accused of shooting and killing Moise Joseph outside the San Marco Apartments last month.

Police reports say Rogers pointed a gun at his ex-wife and Joseph tackled him, but wound up getting shot and stabbed.


UPDATE: Erin Lisch
September 14, 2015

TALLAHASSEE -- A man dies after being shot trying to protect his girlfriend from her ex-husband.

This all happened at the lakes of San Marcos Apartments off of Woodville Highway, just south of downtown Tallahassee early Sunday morning.

People living in the complex gave us details from the scene of the shooting.

It wasn't a normal night for Cody Segal as he was sitting in his apartment.

Cody Segal, who's lived at the apartments for only a short time said, "Next thing you know, we hear a bunch of gunshots."

His wife called 911. Segal said within seconds, dozens of officers arrived at the scene.

Describing the scene, Segal said, "Cops were just everywhere and next thing you know, we saw a body on the ground and a truck in the front of the complex blocked in."

That person on the ground was Moise Y. Joseph.

Investigators say Sheldon Rogers showed up at his ex-wife's apartment and waited in his vehicle for her and her boyfriend, Moise Joseph, to arrive home. As the pair got out of their car, Rogers approached them and pointed a gun at the woman. Joseph tackled Rogers, allowing the woman to run to safety.

According to the arrest affidavit, Joseph was able to wrest the firearm away from Rogers, but dropped it as he attempted to flee. Rogers retrieved the gun and began shooting Joseph as Joseph came back towards him. Rogers told investigators he did not know if Joseph was attempting to tackle him or get in his car to flee but says he was filled with "rage" and shot him out of anger, not fear of bodily harm.

Joseph collapsed and Rogers pulled out a knife and stabbed Joseph an unknown number of times. Rogers then attempted to flee the scene in his vehicle but was apprehended.

After this incident at the apartments, some residents say they want out of their lease from the complex.

Jessica Hinthorn said, "It's scary. It makes me feel like I need to go into Crawfordville and find a nice place to stay because Tallahassee isn't doing it anymore."

Not planning to leave, Segal says this shooting shows that the area is changing.

Segal adds, "In the past year or two, it seems like a shooting every other month now and it's getting kind of ridiculous."

Rogers is being held at the Leon County Jail on charges of premeditated murder and domestic aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

This is still an ongoing investigation. If you have any information on the incident, you are asked to call (850) 891-4200 or (850) 574-TIPS.


For Immediate Release
Tallahassee Police Department
September 13, 2015

Early this morning, at approximately 1:40am, the Tallahassee Police Department received a call for help at 4768 Woodville Highway. When Patrol Officers arrived in the area, they found a male suffering from multiple injuries including gunshot wounds. Emergency personnel attempted to provide lifesaving measures, but he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

At the same time, additional officers coming to the location detained a male leaving the area in a vehicle matching the description provided by the caller. He was later determined to be the suspect in this case and has been identified as Sheldon Rogers. Mr. Rogers was taken to TPD for further questioning before being transported to the Leon County Jail on charges of Premeditated Murder and Domestic Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

It appears Mr. Rogers confronted his ex-wife with a gun as she and her new boyfriend arrived home after a night out. The new boyfriend, identified as Moise Joseph, stepped between Mr. Rodgers and his ex-wife, telling her to run, effectively saving her life. As the two continued to struggle over the gun, Mr. Joseph was shot several times and died as result of those injuries.

Because of the heroics of Mr. Joseph, Mr. Rogers ex-wife was able to run to safety and called the police department. She was not injured in the incident. Her name and identity are protected under Florida Law and will not be released at this time.

The Criminal and Forensics Units have assumed the investigation and are continuing to interview witnesses and process evidence at this time. TPD is asking anyone with information about this case to please call them at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.




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