Good Samaritan Beheaded

Authorities in south Florida say a homeless man beheaded a good Samaritan who had given him a place to stay.

Lee County Sheriff's deputies went to 70-year-old Charles Rogers' apartment Thursday and found his body still in his wheelchair. His head had been placed near the front door.

Police say a home health care provider identified 55-year-old Robert Cope as the man who had been staying with Rogers. Neighbors say Rogers was a good Samaritan-type who often helped people.

Authorities say they found Cope's shoe prints at the scene and he had blood on his shoes when they arrested him.

He is charged with second-degree murder and being held without
bond. The jail where he was being held did not know if he has an attorney.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by voter Location: nc on May 30, 2009 at 08:26 PM
    poor misunderstood dirtbag. no good deed goes unpunished.
  • by Lynne Location: Ayden on May 30, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    IF Cope is guilty, I hope that he gets a suitable punishment. However, based on just this article, I hope that there isn't another party "framing" him. A homeless man would make a great scapegoat and the only evidence given in this short article is that his prints were at the scene and blood on his shoes. I would think that if he beheaded Rogers that he would be a bit more bloody.
  • by umm on May 30, 2009 at 11:27 AM
    he probably was 'nuts'to do something like that. many homeless people are mentally ill and off their meds. you should not be alone with them or offer them a place to stay if it is your personal home. its a shame that this happened! the best thing you can do for a homeless person is take them to a hospital and refer them to social services if they are willing. they will get the help, food, clothing, and shelter they need and you will not be in personal danger. easier said than done..
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on May 30, 2009 at 06:52 AM
    It is really a shame you can not be a good Samaritan anymore. I remember the times when I was a young lad that my parents never even had to lock our own house door. Even when we where not home. Why harm someone who gives you a helping hand it make no sence. My condolences to Mr.Rodgers familly
  • by te Location: ahoskie on May 30, 2009 at 01:05 AM
    well, i guess he's not homeless anymore. free room and board.
  • by What on May 29, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    why only 2nd degree murder? did he not mean to do it? he will probably get off and be able to do it again.
  • by Delta Location: greenville on May 29, 2009 at 07:13 PM
    Hand him immediately, prefeably in public, don"t waste tax payers money on a trial. You know he done it, why go through a trial process spending our money on a defense lawyer who is going to get a nut doctor to say the criminal was nuts and he gets off with slap on the wrist and permanant stay in a nut house in which we the tax payers again have to pay for.
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