1979 Murders

Two brothers accused in a fatal shooting 25 years ago in Rusk County pleaded innocent today after plea negotiations so far, failed.

Attorneys for Dale and John Rogers say the brothers have acknowledged their roles in the death of Robert Pfeil Junior. He was shot once in the head outside his rural Ladysmith home in 1979.

Judge Frederick Henderson ordered the two to stand trial, but didn't set a date.

The case remained unsolved until a secret grand jury was convened last year and new evidence was found. A third Rogers brother came forward and told investigators about the slaying.

A criminal complaint accuses John Rogers of pulling the trigger, while Dale and the third brother, Mike, hid in some nearby weeds. The murder plot was allegedly hatched by a fourth brother, former Rusk County District Attorney Robert Rogers. Prosecutors say the D-A feared Pfeil wanted to kill him and his family after police fatally shot three of his dogs.

Attorneys for both sides say talks on a plea deal continue.


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