Norman Hostage-Taker Devin Rogers Testifies In His Own Trial


Friday, June 17th 2016, 7:06 pm
By: News 9


After several days of trial, the jury finally heard from Devin Rogers himself on Friday when he took the stand. He’s charged with six felony counts, including kidnapping.

All along, Rogers has said he wants to go to jail.

"We think it's important that the jury understand the actual story in this case,” said Rogers’ Attorney David Smith.

It was a story that played out on live television for hours.

6/16/16 Related Story: Testimony Continues In The Trial Of Devin Rogers

On the stand, Rogers kept with the stance he's held all along, he wanted to go to prison and control his own fate.

"This is a guy who is broken and given up all hope. There is a reason why things happen,” said Smith.

Rogers talked about living with his mother until third grade before she moved away and worked a lot. He then lived with father, and said that's when things got complicated. He told the jury he "Didn't want to exist anymore" and "Just wanted to be in a hole to suffer."

He went on to say, "I did cause a lot of pain, scared a lot of people, did things I knew I wouldn't normally do in a normal basis, but my drive to go to a hole was stronger. I do feel bad. I deserve whatever I get."

Monday, instructions will be read to the jury and closing arguments will begin.