NEW INFO: Williamston Man Charged In Trooper Murder Appears In Court

A Williamston man who is charged with killing a Highway Patrol trooper appeared for the first time in a Raleigh courtroom this afternoon.

Christopher Rodgers is accused of striking Trooper Gene DeMuth Saturday morning during a high speed chase that started in Raleigh.

DeMuth was trying to place stop sticks in an effort to end the chase that traveled into Nash County. The 12 year Highway Patrol veteran, who was stationed at Rocky Mount, was buried yesterday.

Rodgers is charged in Nash County with felony murder, felony flee/elude arrest, resiting a public officer and DWI. In Wake County the man faces 15 charges, including kidnapping, robbery and burglary.

During a brief hearing this afternoon, a Wake County judge set Rodger's bond at $2 million on those charges.

The man is being kept at Central Prison for safekeeping.

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The man authorities say hit and killed a Highway Patrol trooper during a chase this weekend is now charged with murder.

The Nash County Jail says Christopher Rodgers of Williamston was transferred to Central Prison in Raleigh Tuesday evening. The state says Rodgers is in administrative segregation. He's due in court in Wake County Thursday on a long list of charges, including murder.

This news of the murder charge came just hours before the family of Highway Patrol Trooper Gene DeMuth will lay him to rest. DeMuth was trying to put out stop sticks during the chase for Rodgers in Nash County Saturday, but authorities say Rodgers hit and killed DeMuth.

DeMuth's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount.

DeMuth leaves behind his wife, Michelle and son, Trevor.

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Family, friends, and fellow law enforcement members are preparing for the funeral of a trooper killed when he was struck by a vehicle.

Trooper Gene Demuth of the Highway Patrol was killed early Saturday morning while trying to prevent a suspect from fleeing pursuit.

Tuesday night a visitation took place at the Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount.

Sergeant Jeff Gordon says Demuth's sacrifice could have saved someone's life. "This gentleman could have travelled further down the road, hit a family going to breakfast, going to see a mother, going to see a father, wherever their location was. And by him sacrificing his life for that day, he prevented a further tragedy."

The funeral is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning in Rocky Mount at the Englewood Baptist Church.


A Highway Patrol trooper will be laid to rest Wednesday in Rocky Mount, just days after being killed during a chase on Saturday.

Trooper Gene DeMuth was struck and killed on U.S. 64 while he was deploying stop sticks on the highway. The 42-year-old trooper had been with the Highway Patrol for 12 years.

40-year-old Christopher Rodgers of Williamston is still at Nash General Hospital after his vehicle was stopped a short distance later. He was originally being chased by Raleigh police after a woman was kidnapped and attacked Friday night.

Visitation for Trooper DeMuth will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday at Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount where the funeral will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.

Governor Beverly Perdue has ordered all North Carolina flags at the State Capital, Highway Patrol offices across the state and state facilities in Nash County be at half-staff on Wednesday.

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The state Highway Patrol says a trooper was struck and killed in Nash County early Saturday morning while trying to stop a chase suspect from Williamston.

First Sergeant Jeff Gordon says it all began around 7:44 a.m. when the Raleigh Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Christopher Rodgers of Williamston on US 64 East near Hodge Road.

Gordon says the vehicle did not stop and a chase ensued into Nash County where troopers attempted to deploy stop sticks. They say during the deployment Trooper Gene. DeMuth was struck and killed by Rodgers vehicle.

Trooper DeMuth was a 12 year veteran stationed at the Rocky Mount, Troop C District 1 Highway Patrol office.

Gordon says Rodgers continued a short distance before he was taken into custody.

The investigation is ongoing.

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