Convicted Soldier Sentenced to Life for Killing Grandparents on Father’s Day in Chester County

CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. – Gene Alexzander “Alex” Scott has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison after being found guilty of the brutal deaths of his grandparents in Chester County. The tragedy unfolded on Father’s Day in 2020 when Gene and Billie Rogers were discovered lifeless in their home in Chester County. The authorities were alerted to the crime scene at Doe Street in Richburg on June 21, 2020, prompting an immediate investigation into the homicides of the 61-year-old Gene Rogers and the 78-year-old Billie Rogers, both victims of fatal gunshot wounds.

Following the arrest of Gene Alexzander “Alex” Scott in connection to the killings, a collaborative effort between the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the FBI, and military investigators sprang into action. Scott, formerly a Marine stationed at Camp Lejuene in North Carolina, became a suspect in the case, leading to his indictment on two charges of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime by a Chester County grand jury. Despite his subsequent enlistment in the U.S. Army with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Vilseck, Germany, Scott’s past caught up with him when he was apprehended by military police while on duty overseas.

After pleading not guilty to the charges, Scott faced trial and was ultimately convicted on two counts of murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime. The culmination of the legal proceedings resulted in a 60-year sentence for each murder and an additional five years for the firearms offense. Under South Carolina law, Scott is mandated to serve these concurrent sentences without the possibility of early release. The verdict, delivered on Thursday, May 23, marked the closing chapter of a tragic saga that shook the community and brought justice to the memory of Gene and Billie Rogers.