Mar 25, 2019

Homicide Trial: Woman Claims Online Alien Cult Led to Deadly Shooting

Carmella Mataloni
MARCH 25, 2019

Barbara Rogers arrives at Monroe Co. Courthouse for the first day of her trial. She is accused of shooting and killing her boyfriend, Steven Mineo, back in 2017 at their home near Tobyhanna. Rogers claims Mineo wanted her to kill him because of problems with an online cult @WNEP

STROUDSBURG, Pa. — A murder trial is underway in Monroe County for a woman accused of shooting her boyfriend.
Barbara Rogers entered the Monroe County Courthouse Monday morning for her trial in the death of Stephen Mineo.

Police say Rogers shot Mineo in the head at a home near Tobyhanna in July of 2017.

According to investigators, Rogers and Mineo belonged to an online cult centered on aliens and the end of the world.

In opening statements, Rogers claims the cult turned against her and Mineo, and because of those problems, Mineo wanted her to kill him.

She told the jury Mineo put the gun to his own head and told her to pull the trigger. Rogers claims she didn’t know the gun was loaded and calls the shooting an accident.

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