Another Suspect Arrested in Connection with Murder

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By Linda Cicoira — A 20-year-old Keller woman was charged last week with being an accessory to murder and robbery in connection with the shooting death of Alvin Lee “Derek” Rogers, of Belle Haven, according to records filed in Accomack General District Court.

Allison Elaine Stauffer, of Jefferson Avenue, was accusing of being an “accessory after the fact by receiving, relieving, comforting, or assisting Bronta Ames after knowing that such person had committed a homicide offense punishable by death or as a Class 2 felony.” 

She was also charged with being an accessory before the fact in an attempt to rob Rogers of marijuana by “putting the victim in fear of serious bodily harm, threats or by presenting a firearm or other deadly weapon.”

Rogers, 40, of Mill Run Lane, died from a gunshot wound to the torso on May 29. Deputies from the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) found Rogers’ body inside a vehicle shortly after a report was made to the sheriff’s office about shots being fired on Boggs Road, in Painter. 

In August, Bronta Jamar Ames, 22, of Kilmontown Road in Melfa, was charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of the murder. Stauffer was charged with being an accessory on Oct. 11. A preliminary hearing for Ames was set for Oct. 28. Stauffer’s hearing was scheduled for Nov. 6.  

Ames was on bond when he was arrested. He was charged on Aug. 2 with credit card larceny, two counts of credit card fraud, three counts of grand larceny, 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 — the day before the murder.

Allison Stauffer pleaded guilty to obtaining a credit card by false pretenses, three counts of grand larceny and three counts of credit card fraud, also in connection with property belonging to Kathline Stauffer. She was set to be sentenced Nov. 7.

Both suspects are being held without bond. Investigator Meghann Patterson, of the ACSO, handled the cases.