N.C. man charged for murder of woman found in Cumberland County

N.C. man charged for murder of woman found in Cumberland County

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Alan Stacy Rogers (source: McDowell County Sheriff's Office) Alan Stacy Rogers (source: McDowell County Sheriff's Office)
Summer Nicole Nelms (source: family) Summer Nicole Nelms (source: family)

CRAB ORCHARD (WATE) - A North Carolina trucker is charged with murdering a now-identified woman found earlier this week behind a Cumberland County gas station.

Alan Stacy Rogers, 32, of 154 Harris Street, Pines, North Carolina, is facing a first degree murder charge handed down Friday by a special session of a Cumberland County Grand Jury.

Rogers is accused of killing Summer Nicole Nelms, 35, of Knoxville.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Rogers is a truck driver who picked Nelms up in the Knoxville area, killed her and dumped her body. It was found Tuesday behind a BP gas station in Crab Orchard.

Authorities have searched the truck Rogers was driving during the incident.

The preliminary autopsy found Nelms died of multiple blunt force trauma and stab wounds.

Investigators identified Nelms by sending her fingerprints to the TBI crime lab.

Rogers is being held in a North Carolina jail without bond.

Assistant district attorney Gary McKenzie says Rogers is fighting extradition. The DA's office will initiate a governor's warrant early next week that may speed up the process. Officials hope to have Rogers in East Tennessee in a week or two.

McKenzie says tips received when the media reported that Nelms' body was found led investigators to develop Rogers as a suspect.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, the TBI and the DA's office worked together on the investigation.

The Nelms family released a statement Friday saying: "We are deeply mourning the loss of Summer, and it has brought some measure of relief to the family knowing that her alleged attacker is in custody. Summer was a very kind person and never quick to judge anyone. She was a very nurturing person and we will miss her. Summer was a beloved daughter, sister, and mother. Her tragic murder comes as a great irony, given that just days ago, she saved a man's live by administering CPR. He had collapsed and stopped breathing. Summer saw him fall and then rushed to his aide. She was a good person and did not deserve what happened to her. No one deserves that."

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