Student murder suspect: 'I did not kill that dude'



Posted on April 15, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 15 at 11:04 PM

MANSFIELD — Eric Forrester was just 17 years old and had his entire life ahead of him.

But on Monday, Forrester was shot and killed by intruders at his Fort Worth home.

On Wednesday afternoon, police investigators arrested Bruce Terrell Rogers, 24, and charged him with capital murder in connection with the crime.

In a jailhouse interview with News 8 on Thursday, Rogers denied that he is the killer, saying he was no where near Fort Worth when Eric Forrester was killed.

"I did some things in my life I'm not proud of," he said. "That right there is something I did not do. I did not kill that dude, and as God is my witness I did not kill that dude."

Police said at least two witnesses saw Rogers run from the crime scene with another suspect. They allegedly took three notebook computers from the Forrester residence, which were later sold on the street.

Rogers spent five years in prison for injuring a child, putting chemicals in the beverage of a relative.

But he said when marshals kicked in his door in Crowley on Wednesday afternoon, he thought they wanted him for a robbery -- not murder.

"My heart just dropped to my knees," he said. "It's gotta be a dream."

Detectives told Rogers they found his fingerprints at the crime scene. He said he wants DNA evidence to prove it.

Rogers told News 8 he has heard the stories about Forrester's life as an honor student, cello player and swim team member, and said he would never hurt him.

Rogers said he is innocent and he asked the Forrester family to pray for him.

"I'm very, very sorry," Rogers said. "I wish they could find it in their heart to see I didn't do it; I hope they find the person who did, and I send my condolences."

Detectives continue to search for a second suspect in Forrester's murder. They think the key to that is finding the laptop computers that were stolen from the Forrester home -- an HP, a Dell and a Toshiba.

If you purchased one of those computers from somebody on the street, police want to talk to you. Officials emphasize that any buyers will not face any charges.