November 23, 2014
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - Police say a sex offender who worked as a neighborhood handyman has been charged with sexually assaulting and killing a 76-year-old woman in San Bernardino.
Jerome Anthony Rogers pleaded not guilty Tuesday.
Police Chief Roby Handy said Monday that DNA evidence led detectives to the 57-year-old Rogers, who was taken into custody Friday.
Handy said Rogers' DNA was found at the home of 76-year-old Mary Elizabeth Blaskey, who was beaten to death in November. Blaskey's body was found by her son when he stopped by to pick her up for a doctor appointment.
The San Bernardino Sun says says Rogers is known for knocking on doors, looking for work doing landscaping and household chores.
The newspaper says police suspect Rogers may be linked to at least two other killings.