Suspect charged as police continue investigating Clawson homicide

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published February 3, 2021




CLAWSON — A multi-jurisdictional law enforcement team of detectives, as well as the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, is currently investigating the city of Clawson’s first homicide since 2004.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, Clawson police responded to an address in the 200 block of Nakota Road, which is south of 14 Mile Road and west of South Washington Avenue. According to police, 37-year-old Steven Alexander Rogers, of Clawson, entered the home and struck a female occupant with a beer bottle, causing facial injuries that first responders treated at the scene.

Upon arrival, Clawson police officers observed Rogers walking out of the residence and placed him under arrest for the assault, according to a police press release.

Based on comments made by Rogers while in the back seat of a police vehicle, police searched his Clawson home, located in the 300 block of Nakota Road, and discovered a deceased man, the victim of a gunshot, according to police.

Clawson Police Chief Scott Sarvello identified the decedent as Christopher Ramsey, 35, of Warren.

“We are getting word that (Rogers and Ramsey) were good friends. I don’t have reasoning why or what happened,” Sarvello said. “I don’t know the time frame, but (the shooting occurred) just prior to officers arriving.”

While the homeowners at the address in the 200 block of Nakota Road knew their neighbor who lived down the street, they reportedly told police that they did not recognize him at the time of the incident, Sarvello said.

On Feb. 3, 52-4 District Court Magistrate Donald Chisholm arraigned Rogers on three counts: homicide — open murder, a felony punishable by up to life in prison; home invasion, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison; and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, a felony punishable by up to two years in prison.

Chisholm denied bond in the case, and Rogers remains lodged at the Oakland County Jail.

“Obviously, it’s a sad case. Our thoughts with prayers go to the victim’s family. Obviously, they are dealing with a tragedy right now,” Sarvello said. “At this point, I don’t have a motive.”

Sarvello said he brought in the Major Crimes Assistance Team, which consists of detectives from local agencies in the area, due to the seriousness of the crime and complexity of the investigation. He added that evidence is currently being processed at the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office crime lab.

Joseph Lavigne, Rogers’ defense attorney, said in a Feb. 3 phone interview with C & G Newspapers that he had not yet received any discovery in the case.

“The charges are serious. (Rogers is) obviously shaken up by the allegations,” Lavigne said. “We’re looking forward to beginning the court process and getting the information necessary, and we will respond accordingly.”

Rogers is due back at the 52-4 District Court for a Feb. 11 probable cause conference and a Feb. 18 preliminary examination before Judge Maureen McGinnis.