Opening statements set to begin in Eric Maurer murder trial

Eric Maurer
Eric Maurer

AMITE CITY, LA (WAFB) - Opening statements are set to begin Wednesday in the trial for the man suspected of killing a former broadcaster and police juror.

Court officials said proceedings will get underway at 9 a.m.

Eric Maurer, 33, is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated burglary in the stabbing death of Rube Rogers, 65, of Ponchatoula on Aug. 13, 2010.

Rogers worked for ActionNews17 and was a member of the Tangipahoa Parish Police Jury.

The trial is being held at the Amite Courthouse. Assistant District Attorney Brad Berner is prosecuting the case. Judge Dough Hughes is presiding.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office believes Maurer robbed and brutally killed Rogers in his home.

Friends and family of the victim said Rogers raised the younger Maurer since his teenage years and was like a stepfather to him.

Detectives said the suspect took off with his real father, Ricky Maurer, 53, after the murder.

The pair was arrested in Humphreys County, TN the next night.

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