Suspect in Norman hostage crisis held without bail

Devin Rogers, arrested Monday November 10th at the Nextep building at 1800 N. Interstate Drive is being held in the Cleveland County jail after Special Judge Steve Stice denied bail at a hearing held on November 14th at the Cleveland County Court House in Norman where Roger’s attorney’s Kevin Finlay and Vicki Floyd opposed the state’s motion to hold Rogers without bail.

Finlay and Floyd, have decided to represent Rogers for free because they believe he was just attempting to get a hot meal and place to stay by way of getting into a standoff with the police and working out a deal to get the basic necessities he was lacking. Rogers was discharged from the military after serving 12 years and surviving 4 deployments. He was diagnosed at the Department of Veteran Affairs with post-traumatic stress disorder and went through some tough times in Los Angeles before arriving in Norman randomly after giving up hope in L.A. and deciding to see where the road would take him. After wondering around helplessly in Norman for 40 days, according to his lawyers, that’s when Rogers decided to make his desperate move. Even Judge Stice stated, “he does have a compelling story”.

The story isn’t compelling enough according to Assistant District Attorney, Susan Caswell who says Rogers has no ties to Norman that would assure his appearance if bail were set and if convicted of kidnapping he could face life in prison. Caswell says, “he committed multiple crimes of a violent nature involving several victims. He carried a gun, he held people at gunpoint, he fired a gun into a building where people were present. These are not minor crimes.”

In Oklahoma, every Defendant charged with a crime is entitled to a hearing to determine if he or she will be allowed bail on the charges he or she faces, and if so, what a reasonable bond amount should be for those charges. The court system has ruled that bail does not have to be granted, but if it is, it must be reasonable. This is due to the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution and its guarantee that all bail must be a reasonable amount.

The court considers the following when determining whether to allow bail and if so, the reasonable amount:

-the Defendant’s criminal record,
-the Defendant’s employment status and work history,
-the Defendant’s length of residency and involvement in the jurisdiction where he or she is charged,
-the seriousness of the crime,
-and the likelihood that the Defendant may cause harm to the public or flee from the jurisdiction.

The judge may look at other factors as well depending on the case. The outcome of a bond hearing is appealable to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. An attorney or Defendant may be able to ask for another bond hearing if new facts or circumstances arise, but normally a judge will not reconsider a bond after it has been challenged and reset

If you have any questions about OKC Oklahoma bail bonds please call Frank DeLozier with Thunder Bail Bonds at 405.235.0002.