HOUSTON – The man suspected of shooting his mother eight times last week told a judge Tuesday that he needs help with his defense.
James Alan Rogers, 26, asked for a court-appointed attorney in his first court appearance.
Prosecutors say Rogers shot 50-year-old Reyna "Yuki" Rogers at their townhome on Jan. 11.
She was rushed from their home at Las Palmas and West Main to Ben Taub Hospital, but doctors couldn't save her.
The family’s dog and cat were also shot to death.
Police found an arsenal of weapons stacked in an upstairs closet. Friends said James Rogers is a veteran who served in Iraq.
Yuki Rogers, a native of Japan, was a well-known leader in the Asian community. She was the executive director of the International Trade Center and a past president of the Asian Chamber of Commerce.