Local kidnapping suspect arrested in Seattle


by KREM.com


Posted on March 13, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 12:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Another suspect was arrested in an ongoing kidnapping and murder investigation spanning Spokane and Stevens Counties.

Police said Thursday Jenny K. Rogers was taken into custody in Seattle and booked into the King County Jail.

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On Friday, Spokane detectives received information that led them to the discovery of a body off Highway 291 near Long Lake.  Detectives believed the body was dumped there a week earlier. Court documents stated that the victim was killed because of stolen money and drugs.

Authorities interviewed the victim’s girlfriend who explained what happened. She claimed her boyfriend, David M. Whitman, and two others had been trafficking drugs. Court documents stated that the three men were at odds over money. She claimed that one man convinced another that Whitman had stolen money and drugs.

WATCH: Court documents detail murder-kidnapping case

On February 28, the murder victim and his girlfriend went to a home near Maple and Knox in North Spokane. One of the men and the murder victim were armed according to the girlfriend’s interview with police.  She claimed the man and her boyfriend went into a bedroom. She then heard three gunshots and saw two men and her boyfriend get into a physical fight. She heard a fourth gunshot.  She said one man then hit her boyfriend with a metal baseball bat, according to court records.

The girlfriend told police that two women forced her into a bedroom when she tried to intervene. Rogers, the woman police located in Seattle, was allegedly one of them.

Police said Rogers allegedly put duct tape over the girlfriend’s mouth and put her in a room.

The girlfriend claimed that she hobbled into the living room about 30 minutes later.  She said the two other women - one of whom police suspect was Rogers - were cleaning blood from the floor and walls.