A 22-year-old man accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend was on home confinement stemming from an incident involving her stepfather.

Nathan Cedric Rogers of District Heights has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of 23-year-old Jasmine Nichelle Moss.

On April 27, police responded to the 7100 block of Mason Street in District Heights on the report of a suspicious vehicle. When officers arrived, they found the body of Moss, an Oxon Hill resident, in the trunk of her mother’s car. They also quickly determined that Moss was pregnant.

In 2010, Rogers was charged with assault and burglary charges in connection with an incident involving his ex-girlfriend’s stepfather. He was convicted in that case and given a 10-year sentence with all but 18 months of home confinement commuted.

He was still under those restrictions when Moss was killed.

This incident along with a projected two percent increase in the recidivism rate this year, shows the county, while making progress, still has work to do on that front.

Prince George’s State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks has said better prosecution on first offenses would help lower the recidivism rate in the county.

We will be firm, we will be fair and we will be consistent in the way that we prosecute these cases,” she told the AFRO last year. “I speak not only from the standpoint of a prosecutor, but I am a lifelong resident of Prince George’s County. I believe that people’s quality of life really hinges on what happens with public safety.

I appreciate that and take it very seriously.”

The county’s rate was actually decreasing as well. From 2008 through 2011, the recidivism rate in the county decreased every year from 39.3 percent to 30 percent, partly because the county provided more resources to vocational and educational programs for inmates at the correctional facility in Upper Marlboro.

At his initial court appearance on the murder charge on April 27, Rogers’ mother said she hoped her son would get into a rehabilitation program. He is scheduled to return to court May 24 for a mental competency hearing.

“Given an opportunity, we will do everything that we can to enlist the help that he needs, because he does,” Rogers’ mother said according to the Washington Times. “There is obviously something wrong with my son.”

George Barnette

Special to the AFRO