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Coroner releases name of woman killed in Athens

ATHENS, Alabama (WHNT) — Limestone County Coroner Mike West released the name of the woman killed Saturday at a Maiden Court home in Athens.

West confirmed the victim was Diane Crane Defoor, 58. Authorities say she was living in a house in Maiden Court.

He said following an autopsy, Defoor’s cause of death was listed as “sharp force injuries”.

Manner of death was listed as homicide.

Diana Lynne Rogers, 39, of Mount Airy, Maryland, was found in Defoor’s backyard when officers arrived. She was acting suspiciously and had “attempted to steer the deputies away from the home”.

Rogers tried to fight off deputies when they tried to arrest him, they said.

After she was taken into custody, authorities entered the house and found Defoor dead inside.

Rogers was charged with capital murder, second-degree burglary and obstructing a government operation. Bail of $6,000 has been set on the obstruction and burglary charges. No bond has been set for the capital murder charge.


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