Maryland woman charged with murder in Limestone County

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Maryland woman has been charged with a capital murder charge stemming from an April incident in Athens, court records show.

Diana Lynne Rogers, 40, of Mount Airy, Md., was indicted by a Limestone County grand jury on August 10, according to court filings.

Diana Rogers
(Limestone Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Rogers was arrested on April 9, 2022, after deputies from the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office found her in the backyard of an Athens home.

Authorities at the time said Rogers was acting strangely and tried to keep MPs away from the Maiden Court house. When they tried to detain her, they said she started fighting back.

When deputies entered the house, they found Diane Crane Defoor, 58, dead.

Following an autopsy, Defoor’s death was listed as a homicide, caused by “cutting force injuries”.

At the time of her arrest, 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.

According to online records, Rogers remains in the custody of Limestone County Jail.


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