FL dismisses death penalty for Jiggaman that beat WM cellmate to death w/ sock full of batteries
State dismisses death penalty case against Rogers, for now
Updated Jan 9, 2017 at 5:20 PM
The First Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office has abandoned, for now, its effort to have confessed killer Shawn Rogers sentenced to death.
Rogers pleaded guilty in September 2015 to the vicious jailhouse murder of Ricky Martin, who was tied up, stripped naked and bludgeoned with a sock full of batteries.
A news release issued by the State Attorney's Office Monday said the decision has been made to "nolle pros," or discontinue, its death penalty case against Rogers.
The release voiced frustration with recent Florida Supreme Court rulings regarding imposition of the death penalty.
Rogers was serving a life prison sentence for armed robbery and battery when he attacked and killed Martin, his cellmate of 36 hours, at the Santa Rosa County Correctional Institute. He will remain incarcerated, the release said.
The Miami Herald wrote an in-depth article about Martin's death, calling into question a Florida correctional system that allowed the much smaller Martin to be placed in a cell with Rogers, who had a history of committing acts of violence on other inmates.
Martin's killing occurred after word had filtered into the prison about the death of Trayvon Martin at the hands of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Rogers was reported to have made comments along the lines of "this is for Trayvon Martin" as he beat Ricky Martin, a white man.
January 10, 2015 3:39 PM
Was killing behind bars a set-up?
It’s no mystery who killed Ricky Martin. The mystery is why the skinny, nonviolent offender, soon to be freed, was bunked with a vicious, predatory lifer.
Ricky Martin’s prison mugshot. Florida Department of Corrections.
Ricky Martin was found lying in a pool of blood on the floor of cell D1-117. His arms were tied behind him and his feet bound together with white strips of cloth.
A pair of bloody boxer shorts had been slipped over his head, and another piece of linen was wrapped around his neck. The slight, 24-year-old inmate was nearly naked, with his shorts pulled down to his ankles.
Bloody hand prints, smeared on the wall facing the cell door, told the story of his brutal death, and of cries for help — from him and others on his behalf — that went unheeded.
Martin, a convicted burglar from Naples who had less than two years left on his prison term, was bludgeoned savagely. His skull was smashed. His face was swollen, bloody, black and blue, and he was cut all over his body.
There is no question who fatally beat Martin at the Panhandle’s Santa Rosa Correctional Institution on March 30, 2012. It was his cellmate of only a few hours: Shawn “Jiggaman” Rogers, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound inmate with gang ties and a long history of attacking and beating other inmates.