The Racine man who police say shot his friend to death Monday over an argument about money received a $1 million cash bond Thursday during his initial appearance in Racine County Circuit Court.
Jacob Rogers, 27, was officially charged with 1st degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon. If convicted, he faces a life sentence for the homicide charge and an additional 10 years on the gun charge.
Another man, Jacob Albright, 27, of Racine, was also charged in connection with the shooting death of Andrew Lee Jones, 27, of Kenosha. Albright is facing up to 20 years in prison and/or up to $50,000 in fines for allegedly aiding/abetting a fugitive and possession of a firearm by a felon.
According to their criminal complaints, Racine police were called at 9 a.m. Monday for a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they found Jones dead on a couch from several gunshot wounds. While officers were in the apartment they noticed it was wired for video and sound, and they were able to observe Rogers shoot Jones several times, turn to walk away and then turn back and fire at Jones several more times.
Police say Rogers was no where to be found, but they located Albright in the apartment, and he told them he was asleep when he heard the first shots. He woke up and saw Rogers with a gun in his hand and Jones bleeding on the couch. Albright admitted to police that he took the gun from Rogers and hid it behind a gas station nearby. When officers searched the area, they located the firearm.
At approximately 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Racine police responded to 21st Street and Kearney to take Rogers into custody after negotiating his surrender, the complaint reads. During transport to the Racine County Jail, Rogers made several statements like “I did what I did,” and “Just take me in” to officers.
Officers say during questioning Rogers said he got mad at Jones for stealing money from him even though Jones denied doing so. The defendant told police he found the missing money in one of Jones’ shoes so Rogers woke Jones up and shot him in front of witnesses and with the video system running.
“I woke his ass up, and then I killed him. There is nothing else to say; show it to the judge,” Rogers said, according to the complaint. “I’m guilty.”
Rogers will have his preliminary hearing on March 18.
Albright remains in the Racine County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond. His next appearance is March 11 for a preliminary hearing.