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Father asks to testify in son's trial; son denies request

Darnell Rogers on trial for attempted capital murder

SAN ANTONIO – The father of a man on trial for a 2015 shootout with Bexar County deputy constables stood up in court Tuesday and asked to testify on behalf of his son, who is acting as his own lawyer.

Nelson Rogers said that he had information that could help his son, Darnell Rogers, who is charged with attempted capital murder.

Nelson Rogers asked Judge Kevin O'Connell if his son could be mentally evaluated.

Judge O'Connell denied the evaluation request.

The defendant also denied his father's request to testify.

"He's made his decisions and is going to continue to make them," O'Connell said. "So if he doesn't want this man as a witness, that's his call."

"I don't want to call him as a witness," Darnell Rogers said. "I'm ready to proceed with this."

The elder Rogers explained his request.

"Darnell ain't in the right state of mind. He's been locked up," Nelson Rogers said.

Darnell Rogers was involved in a shootout with deputy constables on the city's South Side on Sept. 18, 2015, prosecutors said.

The officers were not injured. Rogers was shot multiple times and, as a result, is paralyzed from the waist down.

If Rogers is convicted, he faces a maximum punishment of life in prison.

Testimony is expected to continue Wednesday in the 227th District Court.

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