UPDATE: Barbara Rogers has been found guilty of third-degree murder.
(WBRE/WYOU-TV) A jury in Monroe County is deciding the fate of a woman who shot and killed her boyfriend in what prosecutors call cult-connected murder.
Eyewitness News Reporter Brianna Strunk has followed this case from the beginning.
The jury started deliberating around 12:45 this afternoon. At 3:15 – they asked the judge to explain the difference between first and third-degree murder. They are still deliberating.
In July 2017 – Barbara Rogers called 911 to report she killed her boyfriend – 32-year-old Steven Mineo. When investigators arrived at the couple’s Coolbaugh Township home – they determined Mineo was shot in the forehead at close range. Rogers blamed the death on an online alien cult – which she and Mineo belonged to.
Rogers says the cult turned on her – calling her a witch – and because of that Mineo asked her to kill him.
Back in 2017, Eyewitness News spoke with the cult leader – Sherry Shriner.
She said Mineo angrily left the “ministry“ once members ousted Rogers. Shriner claims she tried to warn the victim that Rogers was dangerous.