A Racine Police Department detective assigned to the shooting death of Andrew Jones said Jacob Rogers, a Racine man accused of killing Jones over money, confessed to the homicide and another friend, Jacob Albright, saw him do it.

Detective Warren Jepson explained during a preliminary hearing held in Racine County Felony Court on Wednesday, March 18 that Albright saw Rogers shoot Jones and the shooting was recorded on a video surveillance system in the apartment.

Rogers has not entered a plea in the case. Stephen Simanek, a retired Racine County judge found probable cause for the case to move forward. An arraignment has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. March 25.

Rogers, 27, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on March 2 with 1st degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon. If convicted, Rogers faces a life sentence for the homicide charge and an extra 10 years on the gun charge.

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 27-year-old Andrew 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 see Rogers shoot Jones several times, turn to walk away and then turn back and fire at Jones several more times.

Police say Rogers was nowhere 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.

 

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.