Judicial Circuit, Hillsborough County, Case #95-15314
Sentencing Judge: The
Honorable Diana M. Allen
Attorney, Trial: Nick
Sinardi – Esquire
Attorney, Direct Appeal:
A. Anne Owens – Assistant Public Defender
Appeals: Richard Kiley and James Viggiano – CCRC-M
Date of Offense:
Date of Sentence:
Glen Edward Rogers was
convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Tina Marie
On 11/05/95, Tina Marie
Cribbs was seen leaving the Showtown Barn in Tampa with Glen
Edward Rogers. On 11/07/95, a cleaning person found Cribbs in a
Tampa motel room. She had been stabbed in the chest and the
buttocks. According to Cribbs’ mother, Tina always wore a
sapphire and diamond ring and a gold watch. These pieces of
jewelry were not found with Cribb’s body.
A bartender told police
that Rogers had bought Cribbs and her friends drinks. Later,
Rogers asked Cribbs for a ride. Cribbs told her friends that
she would be back shortly to meet her mother. Cribbs’ mother
arrived at the bar and paged Cribbs because she had not returned
to the bar.
A motel clerk said that
Rogers had arrived in a cab at the motel a few days prior to the
murder. On 11/05/95, Rogers paid for another night and asked
that no one clean his room. The clerk then observed Rogers
packing suitcases into a White Ford Festiva. On 11/13/95,
Rogers was arrested in Kentucky driving Cribb’s car, which he
claimed a girl had loaned him. Rogers also claimed that the
girl was alive when he left.
Several days earlier, on
11/06/95, Cribbs wallet was found at a rest area on
Interstate-10 in North Florida. Fingerprints lifted from the
wallet and the Tampa motel room were matched to Rogers.
On 07/09/97, the State
of California indicted Rogers on counts of First-Degree Murder
and Arson. The governors of California and Florida reached an
extradition agreement that would extradite Rogers to California
to stand trial. Rogers would then be transported to Florida to
serve his sentence once the trial in California was completed.
Rogers was extradited to
California in October of 1998. He stood trial for strangling
Sandra Gallagher and leaving Gallagher’s body in her burning
automobile. Rogers was convicted of First-Degree Murder and
Arson on 06/22/99 and sentenced to death on 07/16/99. He then
was transported back to the control of Florida’s Department of
Corrections in August of 1999.
Glen Rogers was indicted on the following counts:
Count I: Murder in
the First-Degree (Tina
Count II: Robbery
with a Weapon
Count III: Grand
Theft of a Motor Vehicle
Rogers was found guilty on all counts charged in the indictment.
Upon advisory sentencing, the jury, by a 12 to 0 majority, voted
for the death penalty.
Glen Rogers was sentenced as follows:
I: Murder in the First-Degree (Tina
Marie Cribbs) –
Count II: Robbery
with a Weapon –
Count III: Grand
Theft of a Motor Vehicle –
Glen Rogers filed
his Direct Appeal in the Florida Supreme Court on 09/11/97. He
raised several issues on appeal. One issue was that the State
of Florida did not present sufficient evidence to support the
charges. Another issue was that the trial court erred in the
handling of mitigating circumstances. Rogers also argued that
the trial court should have granted the defense’s motions for a
mistrial because a witness was allowed to testify about a
misdemeanor for which Rogers was convicted in California; the
prosecution was allowed to present an improper argument during
closing arguments, and because the Hillsborough State Attorneys’
office was allowed to prosecute the case. Rogers also contended
that there was newly discovered evidence and that the sentence
of death was not proportionate to the crime committed.
Florida Supreme Court affirmed the conviction and sentence on
03/01/01. Rehearing was denied on 04/24/01. A mandate was
issued on 06/06/01.
Rogers filed a
Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus on 10/13/97 with the Bradford
County Circuit Court. The Circuit Court denied the petition and
granted the extradition of Rogers to California in order to
stand trial for First-Degree Murder and Arson on 12/08/97.
Rogers filed an
Appeal of the Habeas Corpus Denial and the Order of Extradition
to California on 01/05/98. The Florida Supreme Court affirmed
the decisions of the Circuit Court to deny the Petition of
Habeas Corpus and to grant extradition to California on
05/14/98. Rehearing was denied on 07/10/98. A mandate was
issued on 11/13/98.
Rogers filed a
3.850 Motion with the circuit court on 09/28/01. He filed
amended motions on 07/18/02 and 05/08/03. The motion was denied
Rogers filed a 3.850 Appeal in the Florida Supreme Court. The
appeal is currently pending.
Rogers filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in the Florida
Supreme Court. The petition is currently pending.
Death row inmate convicted of
Found Guilty of Slaying Woman in California
June 22, 1999
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man already sentenced to die in
Florida was convicted today of first-degree murder for strangling a
woman in Los Angeles.
The same jury that convicted Glen Rogers was to decide
later whether he also should face a death sentence in California or get
life in prison without chance of parole.
Rogers, 38, was convicted of killing Sandra Gallagher
in September 1995. The 33-year-old mother of three met Rogers in a bar,
and her body was found later in a burning truck.
Prosecutors claimed that was the first of several
killings by Rogers during a month-long, cross-country crime spree in
In addition to his 1997 Florida conviction in the
killing of a woman stabbed in a Tampa, Fla., motel room, charges against
him are pending in Jackson, Miss. Another alleged victim was found in
Bossier City, La., but no charges were filed in that case.
An automatic appeal of his Florida death sentence is
pending, and no execution date has been set.
SEX: M RACE: W TYPE: N MOTIVE:
Five+ (70 claimed)
Random slayer of one elderly man and women age 33-37
DISPOSITION: Condemned on one count
in Fla., 1997.