BELL COUNTY - After a four-year investigation conducted by the Bell County Sheriff's Department Criminal Investigation Division, the 27th Judicial District Grand Jury indicted Michael Wayne Steen II, 33, for the murder of 23-year-old Angie Leigh Rogers.
Rogers' body was found south of Chaparral Road and west Trimmier Road on August 4, 2013, after being reported missing nearly two weeks prior. A forensics team at the scene concluded that Rogers died from a gunshot wound to the head.
In March of 2014, the Bell County Sheriff's department told Channel 6 they believed they were close to closing out the case, but it took another three years before it was finally solved. According to investigators, Steen was a known associate of Rogers and was a person of interest in the case from the beginning of the investigation. It just took four years to gather enough evidence to warrant a formal indictment.
"It's a big relief," Major T.J. Cruz, Bell County Sheriff's Department, said. "I can tell you for the last four years, this case has been coming around and coming around. And the guys never gave up. They stayed on top of it and kept following every lead they got and in the end they got what they were looking for: a murder warrant."
According to a Bell County Sheriff's Department press release, a capias was prepared by the Bell County District Attorney's office; pending legal action, and issued to Steen in Bell County Jail, where he was already being held for other non-related charges.
The investigation will continue in preparation for prosecution by the Bell County District Attorney's office.
Steen's bond is set at $2 million.
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