Charlie Rogers Pleaded No Contest: Attorney Says She's in Fragile State
Rogers pleaded no contest in a Lincoln courtroom, a change in tone from her not guilty plea in September.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
"She just didn't feel like emotionally she could handle it."
Words from Charlie Rogers' attorney, Brett McArthur, who says Rogers is in a fragile state and did not want to go to trial.
"You know it's been very very difficult and you know the criminal justice system is not a gentle process and she just felt like she just couldn't deal with it I guess."
Rogers pleaded no contest in a Lincoln courtroom, a change in tone from her not guilty plea in September.
"Hi I'm Charlie and I'm gonna tell my story."
In July, police say Rogers ran to a neighbor naked, bound and bleeding. She said masked men broke into her home, carved homophobic slurs into her skin and tried to set her house on fire.
Investigators say Rogers purchased knife blades, zip ties and gloves prior to the attack and the cuts on her skin were too straight to be from a struggle.
Prosecutors charged her with making a false report to police in August.
"I want people to know that there's always 2 sides to a story, I want people to know that they're are serious repercussions for the mean and hateful things you say to and about people."
In response, Rogers posted a 15 minute YouTube video in November saying she was done being silent.
The video has since been removed. We tried to speak with her in person, but she wasn't home.
"I think it was so hard for her to sit in silence and hear the allegations it was incredibly frustrating for her."
McArthur says the whole process has been disheartening for Rogers and she wants it all to be over.