Barbara Rogers ‘who fatally shot her doomsday prepper boyfriend in the head blames at their home in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania in July 2017
Rogers has rejected a plea deal for third degree murder, blaming an alien cult for the killing, but prosecutors said Rogers shot Stephen Mineo during a domestic dispute
Rogers, 44, and Stephen Mineo, 32, both survivalists, are said to have belonged to an online cult called ‘Sherry Shriner’
Rogers is blaming the cult for the tragedy – that the online alien cult at a point turned against the couple, ‘leaving him wanting suicidal’, and he asked her to kill him
She claims Mineo told her to pull the trigger after putting the gun to his head himself – Rogers then called 911, according to investigators, telling them: ‘My boyfriend had a gun. He told me to hold it here and press the trigger’
In 2017 the alleged cult leader, Sherry Shriner, defended herself from allegations. The focus of the cult she said is on aliens, the end of the world and ‘fake news’
Rogers has already rejected a guilty plea deal of third-degree murder which carries a 15-year maximum at sentencing
No deal: Murder suspect Barbara Rogers, [photo], admits shooting her boyfriend Stephen Mineo dead in 2017. She rejected a plea deal and blames an online alien cult for turning against them
A Pennsylvania woman accused of shooting her boyfriend in the head has blamed an online alien cult for turning against them and leaving him wanting to die.
Barbara Rogers, 44, killed Stephen Mineo, 32, during a dispute at their home in Tobyhanna in July of 2017, prosecutors say.
The couple are said to have belonged to the online “Sherry Shriner” cult, which focuses on aliens and the end of the world, WNEP reports.
Rogers says that after the cult turned against them both, doomsday prepper Mineo wanted her to kill him, Monroe County Courthouse heard.
They had both been drinking until the early hours on the night of the shooting, according to prosecutors.
When they got home Mineo is said have suggested shooting his gun in the woods behind his home.
Rogers claims it was when they went back into the home Mineo told her to pull the trigger after putting the gun to his own head and placing her hands on the weapon.
She then called 911, according to investigators, telling them: ‘My boyfriend had a gun. He told me to hold it here and press the trigger. Oh my God, he’s dead.’
Police lieutenant Steven Williams told WBRE in 2017: “[Rogers] identified that the deceased was having online issues with a cult and he wanted to be killed and requested she do it.”
The network reported how cult members were convinced Rogers was a witch or a reptile who wanted to kill Mineo.
And the alleged cult leader, Sherry Shriner, defended herself from allegations in a series of posts.
Shriner, who frequently rails against ‘fake news’, ‘libtards’, and the Democratic Party, wrote in 2017: “I warned [Stephen] she was a Super Soldier who would kill him and move on… but I’m the “false prophet”.
‘Perhaps he finally figured her out..but it was too late for him. It wasn’t the “online cult” that killed him… they always try and paint me as a cult…nice try libtards.”
In another post on Sunday night, Shriner railed at her detractors: “They’re trying to spin it that I’m responsible for Steve’s death? No, Barb is.
I tried to protect Steve. I tried to warn him about Barbara Rogers and he wouldn’t listen to me.
“He thought I was insulting his ‘wife’…when I was just trying to protect him from her!”
“I knew what she was!”
“They want to call me a cult leader? No. I’m just a humble servant and Messenger of the Most High. I’ve spent my life serving HIM and for that, I get beat up by Cain’s kids, libtards, witches, Satanists, and haters everywhere.”
Barbara Rogers, [center], appeared at the Monroe County Courthouse this week where she rejected a guilty plea deal of third-degree murder, insisting the Shriner Cult was responsible for the death
Mineo’s social media accounts were full of posts about how the end of the world is coming and the need to prepare for it. He also spoke about the need to ‘get right with god’.
It also claimed he married Rogers in October 2016. Rogers’ Facebook page featured a number of posts on similar topics to Mineo’s.