Iowa City woman refuses extradition back to Colorado on murder charge

Governor's warrant will be issued by Colorado authorities

Trish Mehaffey
Published: February 27 2014 | 11:24 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 4:14 am in
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An Iowa City woman, arrested Wednesday in connection with the suspected homicide  of a Colorado Springs man, refused extradition back to Colorado Thursday in Linn County District Court.

Bionca Rogers, 21, turned herself into Cedar Rapids police Wednesday after a warrant for first-degree murder was issued by Colorado Springs Police. She is accused in the death of Grant Frazier, 61, of Colorado Springs, who went missing Feb. 16, and was found dead in a car in Newton, Iowa, early Tuesday.

First Assistant Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks said he would alert Colorado authorities and they will issue a governor's warrant to bring her back to Colorado. Rogers will be held without bond until Linn County receives the warrant and then another brief hearing will be set to serve Rogers with the warrant.

"Colorado will have 90 days to issue the governor's warrant," Maybanks said. "It's really just a formality. Once the warrant is served, Colorado authorities will take her back."

Maybanks said he didn't have any details about the crime or her alleged role.

Colorado authorities in a news release Wednesday said the manner of death wouldn't be released until an autopsy was completed. The investigation is ongoing.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Frazier's body was found in a white Mitsubishi Galant, with Colorado plates, in the parking lot of The Courtyard apartment complex in the northeast area of Newton. Michele Wales, apartment manager, told a reporter she didn't know of any connection between the complex and Frazier or Rogers.

Rogers has a criminal history in Johnson County, including a juvenile record and then as an adult for disorderly conduct, interference with officials acts, OWI, and assault charges, according to Iowa courts online.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Rogers also had an unrelated warrant from Feb. 15 in ElPaso, County, Colo., for carrying a concealed weapon and child abuse.

 

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