Teen charged in stepfather’s death
A dispute in Bedford County has left a man dead and his stepson facing homicide charges.
Brendon T, Thompson, 19, was arraigned on charges that include homicide, aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter after an alleged altercation at his family’s home in Defiance ended with his stepfather getting taken to the hospital and dying.
According to charges filed by state police, Thompson pushed his stepfather backward off the home’s porch at 132 Fox Street. State police indicated the call came in at 2:37 a.m. Sunday for a domestic disturbance with one person in cardiac arrest.
Police said Scott Alan Rogers, no age provided, died later at UPMC Altoona.
Thompson initially fled but was found at his girlfriend’s home.
At 8 a.m., Thompson spoke to state police in Bedford and said he was playing video games with his 15-year-old brother inside the house when he heard his mother yelling. Thompson told state police he walked outside onto the porch and “believed Rogers was grabbing his mother by the wrist and neck,” Trooper Patrick Kelly wrote in the charges.
Thompson told state police that after he yelled at Rogers to stop and called him “psycho,” Rogers said he was “coming for him next,” according to the charges.
Rogers then walked onto the porch and said, “Come on, big boy” and shoved Thompson, the teenager told state police. Thompson told state police Rogers shoved him a second time and then he shoved Rogers, who fell back and off the porch onto concrete.
State police noted Thompson’s 15-year-old sibling gave a statement earlier and said they were playing video games and both ran outside when they heard their mother yelling.
The sibling said he heard Thompson yell at Rogers and then Rogers came back onto the porch and pushed his brother. The boy said Thompson pushed Rogers and he fell backward off the porch.
Thompson’s mother told investigators that she and her husband were arguing over a crack in the windshield of their vehicle and that her sons walked out onto the porch. She told them to get back inside. State police noted she said she then was walking down the driveway, turned around to see Rogers laying on the concrete and ran back inside the house to call 911.
Thompson remains in Bedford County Jail in lieu of 10 percent of $500,000.
He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 25 in Bedford County Central Court.
Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.