Update: Accused hostage taker allowed mental health help in jail

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UPDATED 12/16/2014 10:47 A.M.

NORMAN, Okla. – A judge allows mental health providers to treat Devin Rogers in jail.

Rogers is the man accused of taking employees hostage inside the Nextep building in Norman, Okla. back in November.

Tuesday attorneys representing Rogers asked a judge to disqualify the District Attorney’s Office from the case.

The judge will make her decision by the first week of January.

Rogers is still in jail after a Cleveland County judge denied him bond.



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NORMAN, Okla. - The man who took employees hostage inside the Nextep building in Norman will stay behind bars.

A Cleveland County judge denied bond for Devin Rogers because of how serious the charges are against him.

NewsChannel 4 spoke with Rogers’ attorneys Friday. They say he carried out the hostage situation because he wanted to go to jail and that he suffers from PTSD from his time in the military.

Devin Rogers’ attorneys say he’d given up home.

He shot his way inside a law firm Monday afternoon, where he held several people hostage.

We now know Rogers has no ties to Norman.

His attorneys say he took a bus form Los Angeles and Norman is just where he ended up.

“That`s a fascinating part of this case, it appears to have been totally random. You can believe in coincidences if you want. There are places in this country if he`d done this, they`d just shot him,” attorney David Smith said.

Instead, District Attorney Greg Mashburn worked out a deal with Rogers Monday, communicating through a negotiator.

Rogers made bizarre requests.

He wanted to spend time in the state pen and wanted five books of his choice at all times while behind bars.

His attorneys say the only explanation for his behavior is that he’s mentally ill.

“He may have to be punished for these acts if they`re deemed to be criminal in nature, but he has a life in front of him, and we want him to realize that,” attorney Sam Talley said.

Rogers’ attorneys say he suffers from PTSD.

We’re told he served in the Army for nearly 10 years, deployed once to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.

He has no criminal record.

His attorneys say he needs treatment for mental health issues, which he will not get in jail.

They’ll have to decide whether they want Rogers to undergo a competency test.

“The odd thing about it is a person can be profoundly mentally ill and still be competent to go forward and understand what`s going on, what the roles of the different parties are,” Smith said.

Rogers’ next court date is set later this month.

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