US soldier charged in 2020 deaths of grandfather, great-grandmother in SC

CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. — A U.S. Army soldier has been brought back to South Carolina from Germany to face charges he killed his grandfather and great-grandmother 16 months ago in Chester County.

Gene Alexzander “Alex” Scott, 24, was indicted last week on two counts of murder in Chester County, Sheriff Max Dorsey said in a statement.

On June 21, 2020 -- Father’s Day -- deputies responded to the home on Doe Street near the Richburg area where they found two bodies. Gene Rogers, 61, and his 78-year-old mother Billie Rogers were found dead inside the home.

Deputies said the victims had been shot to death.

On Monday, the sheriff’s office said a grand jury had recently returned True Bill indictments charging Scott with two counts of murder and one count of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Scott, who was serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, was taken into custody by Military Police and was flown back to South Carolina on Saturday.

“He just seemed to be so normal, but there was so much darkness underlining that,” neighbor Amber Moore said. “So scary.”

Deputies said Scott started his military career as an ammo tech in the Marines. He joined the service in January 2020 and was stationed at Camp Lejeune.

Investigators said money was the motive behind the murders.

“This was a crime motivated by greed and it led to the unfortunate death of his grandparents,” Dorsey said.

Scott is currently being held at the Chester County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. No other details surrounding the crime have been released.

Detectives said they had to rely on circumstantial, forensic and technical evidence to solve the crime.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the Fort Mill Police Department, the Copley (Ohio) Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the US Army Criminal Investigation Division helped with the investigation.

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for more information.

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