Carroll woman held in killing


A Westminster woman was charged yesterday with first-degree murder, the third person to be charged in connection with a double shooting in December that resulted in Carroll County's only reported homicide in the past two years.

Vera Rennie Rogers, 35, was arrested Tuesday at her apartment in the 100 block of Westminster Ave. and charged as an accessory in the fatal shooting of Donnie D. Bowman, 43, and the wounding of Lamont Dew, 39, on Dec. 7 in Westminster, authorities said.

Rogers was charged with four counts, including first-degree murder and first-degree assault, conspiracy and attempted first-degree murder. She was being held last night at Carroll County Detention Center on $250,000 bond.

Rogers is charged with setting up a meeting with Dew that night for a potential drug deal at Little Jay's convenience store, according to Allan J. Culver, a senior assistant state's attorney. Culver said a relative of Rogers - Shawn Anthony Jones, 27, of Westminster - dropped off Rogers and went to Little Jay's alone.

Jones was charged in January with shooting Bowman and Dew. A cousin, Anthony Cornelius Jones, 23, of Westminster, also was charged with murder in connection with the shootings.

Shawn Jones is being held in the county detention center without bond, awaiting trial. Rogers is scheduled to go on trial July 10.

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