Police Drop Charges in High School Student's Slaying

Police say Bruce Rogers remains "person of interest"

By Scott Gordon
|  Saturday, Apr 17, 2010  |  Updated 5:23 AM CDT
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Teen Shot by Intruder Dies

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Police are dropping charges against Bruce Terrell Rogers in the shooting death of 17-year-old Eric Forrester.

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Capital Murder Charge Dropped in Teen's Slaying

Fort Worth police say the man is still a person of interest in the high-profile case.

Jailhouse Interview: "I Did Not Kill Eric Forrester"

From behind bars, Bruce Rogers said he did not kill Eric Forrester who was shot and killed in Fort Worth.
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In a stunning reversal, Fort Worth police said Friday that capital murder charges would be dropped against the sole suspect in the high-profile slaying of high school senior Eric Forrester.

Bruce Rogers is now considered a person of interest in the killing but no longer faces charges, police said. He remains jailed in connection with an unrelated robbery in Crowley that he admits committing.

Forrester, 17, was found shot to death in his south Fort Worth home on Monday afternoon after he had stopped home for lunch with his sister and encountered two intruders, police said. His sister ran and was uninjured.

Forrester was an honors student at Southwest High School and a member of the school's swim team.

In an interview in the Mansfield jail Thursday, Rogers denied having anything to do with Forrester’s murder and said he was at home in his apartment all day Monday.

“I never seen that dude,” Rogers said. “I ain’t killed nobody. I ain’t hurt a fly.”

In the Thursday interview, Rogers admitted robbing a man he had met recently at a Crowley Walmart and said he thought that’s why police arrested him Wednesday.

“It was just a simple robbery,” he said. “It was nothing major.”

Fort Worth police said in a news release that investigators are working hard to solve the slaying.

“Rest assured, we are working diligently to identify all individuals responsible for this crime,” Sgt. Chad Mahaffey said. “We still need your help.”

He urged anyone who obtained a laptop computer in a face-to-face transaction to contact police.

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