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Suspect in trooper's slaying pleads guilty to charges in Wake

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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Officials said the man responsible for a Nash County trooper’s 2012 death pleaded guilty to various charges Wednesday morning in Wake County court.

Authorities said Christopher McCoy Rodgers, 41, was fleeing Wake County authorities on Sept. 8, 2012, when N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Gene DeMuth was dispatched to join the attempt to stop the suspect, who was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of U.S. 64. DeMuth, 42, was placing stop sticks in the roadway to flatten Rodgers’ tires when the suspect reportedly swerved to hit and kill the veteran law enforcement officer.

Rodgers was charged with first-degree murder in Nash County along with multiple charges in Wake County stemming from an altercation with an ex-girlfriend, whom he allegedly assaulted and tied up along with her infant child. He reportedly pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, common law robbery and two counts of first-degree kidnapping. Prosecutors said they expect him to plead guilty to murder in Nash County next week and spend about 35 years in prison.