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U.S. Army soldier charged in connection with murder of grandparents in Chester County

Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 10:19 AM EDT
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CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - A Columbia military service member has been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of his grandparents in Chester County.

Gene Alexander ‘Alex” Scott, 24, of Columbia, was arrested by the Military Police while serving in the U.S. Army in Germany on October 21. Scott is charged with two counts of murder and one count of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to officials.

On June 21, 2020, Father’s Day, Deputies responded to a home on Doe Street in Richburg where the bodies of Gene Rogers, 61, and Billie Rogers, 78, were found.

Multiple agencies are investigating the murders, including SLED, The Fort Mill Police Department, and the FBI.

“It’s a big shock,” says Amber Moore, who lives just around the corner.

Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey says Scott killed his grandparents on fathers day last year then enlisted in the Army to distance himself from the investigation.

“We immediately made contact with the army and they took him into custody at their base in Germany,” said Sheriff Dorsey.

Scott was a military man serving in the Army after a four-year stint with the Marines. While in the marines, Scott was apparently at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

He was an Ammo Technician there. Deputies say he left the Marines in January of 2020. A year later, and a little more than six months after the murders, he joined the Army.

He did Infantry training at Camp Benning in Georgia. He was an Infantry Soldier stationed out of Vilseck, Germany.

“He just seemed to be so normal but there was so much darkness underlying that,” said Moore.

Scott was escorted by Military police and transferred to the custody of the Chester County Sheriff’s Department. He is currently being housed at the Chester County Detention Center, according to deputies.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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