Bond reduction was denied for a Rosamond man charged with attempting to kill his wife.
51-year-old Markes N. Rodgers appeared in Christian County court Thursday morning. He is accused of shooting at his wife three times during an altercation on Saturday, September 9th, which led to a standoff with police that lasted into the morning on September 10th. The original bond was set at $500,000.
Rodgers’ counsel, public defender Greg Grigsby argued that Rodgers has no criminal history of any kind before the shooting and standoff with police. Grigsby said in court if bond could not be reduced, he asked that Rodgers at least be furloughed to an alcohol addiction rehab facility for treatment. Christian County State’s Attorney Mike Havera had previously told the court that Rodgers was believed to be intoxicated at the time of the shooting and standoff, and Rodgers has acknowledged in court that he has a drinking problem. Havera said in court Thursday morning that Rodgers’ mother-in-law has reported receiving phone calls from the jail since Rodgers’ arrest, and she is afraid for her and her family’s safety if Rodgers is released.
Judge Brad Paisley did not hear the case in Rodgers’ first appearance, but said given his training as a sheriff’s deputy and reviewing a risk assessment done by probation, he would not reduce the current bond.
Rodgers is set to have a preliminary hearing on Tuesday October 3rd, at 10 a.m.