Murder Suspect Arrested in Rogers’ Case


By Linda Cicoira — A 22-year-old Melfa man was arrested this week and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the May shooting death of Alvin Lee “Derek” Rogers, of Belle Haven, according to records filed in Accomack General District Court.

Bronta Jamar Ames, of Killmontown Road, is being held in Accomack Jail without bond on counts of the premeditated murder of Rogers, 40, of Mill Run Lane, and use of a firearm in the offense.

After a complaint of shots being fired on Boggs Road, in Painter, was received by the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office on May 29, deputies found Rogers’ body inside a vehicle. A medical examiner determined Rogers died from a gunshot wound to the torso.

Ames was arrested Tuesday. Papers were filed with the court Wednesday. A preliminary hearing for Ames was set for Oct. 28. Investigator Meghann Patterson, of the ACSO, investigated the case.

Ames was on bond when he was arrested. He was charged Aug. 2 with credit card larceny, two counts of credit card fraud, three counts of grand larceny and three counts of stealing money belonging to Kathline Stauffer, and a count of attempting to steal money belonging to Stauffer in connection with incidents that occurred May 28. He got out of jail last week. Patterson also investigated those incidents.

According to an obituary, Rogers loved to cook and had a certificate in culinary arts and was “a true sports fanatic.” He is survived by a large local family.   

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