Nineteen-year-old murder suspect Alexis Rogers was in court Wednesday, as her attorneys argued the deadly shooting this weekend wasn’t her fault and she’s the real victim.
Still, prosecutors want her off the streets.
Rogers is already accused of driving a car involved in a deadly road rage shooting in March that killed a 16-year-old. Wednesday, a judge said she may not be the one pulling the trigger, but twice now she’s been there when someone was killed.
“You’re on a very tight leash,” Judge Brett Loveless told Rogers back in May.
It was a warning that Rogers clearly didn’t heed. The 19-year-old road rage murder suspect, who came up with $15,000 to get out of jail, is back behind bars.
Not only did she test positive for cocaine last week, Albuquerque police say she drank heavily at a large house party she threw on Saturday night where someone ended up dead in her driveway.
“Ms. Rogers was actually trying to end the party and she was trying to get people to leave the home,” attorney Nicole Moss said.
Appearing before Judge Cindy Leos Wednesday as prosecutors asked to revoke her probation, Rogers’ attorney argued that a small, unplanned gathering at her home near Atrisco and Central quickly spun out of control. They say her friend died defending her.
“She was laying on the street unconscious when the shooting happened,” Moss said. “She was a victim herself, she was seriously injured.”
“Officers arrived at the scene and found her in her bedroom, intoxicated, sleeping, passed out in the bed,” an APD detective said.
Her friend, identified as 22-year-old Eduardo Lerma, was taken away by OMI.
Wednesday, her attorney used the same argument from the March road rage murder on why Rogers should remain out of jail.
“Not only did she not pull the trigger, but she did not in anyway instigate or cause the tragic death that occurred this weekend,” Moss said.
Still, Judge Leos didn’t buy it and remanded Rogers for now.
“Once again, although you may not be the one pulling the trigger, you are around when someone is killed,” Judge Leos said.
Originally, Judge Loveless decided against holding Rogers behind bars until trial, citing insufficient evidence, but that may change now.
A hearing to revisit her conditions of release will take place in two weeks.
A judge already determined the passenger who allegedly pulled the trigger in the March road rage murder, Damian Luna, will be held until trial.