Burns murdered Deravis Caine Rogers in 2016

Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the MURDER INDICTMENT, by a Fulton County Grand Jury, of former Atlanta Police Officer, 36-year-old JAMES ROLFE BURNS.

Today, a Fulton County Grand Jury re-indicted former Atlanta Police Officer James Rolfe Burns for the MURDER of 22-year-old Deravis Caine Rogers in 2016. The original indictment was nolle prosequi in July due to a procedural matter related to the statements Burns made during the previous Grand Jury proceeding. Out of an abundance of caution in an attempt to avoid future litigation of the matter the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office made the decision to re-indict Burns on the murder charge. Following the nolle prosequi in July, District Attorney Howard assured the public that his office remained steadfast in its commitment to the murder case against Burns.

“Today’s murder re-indictment against James Burns is further proof that the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office is fully committed to the complete prosecution of this case. We just want to make sure justice is served.”

Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr.

 While on duty as an Atlanta Police Officer on Monroe Place, responding to a suspicious person call, Burns fired his weapon into Rogers’ moving vehicle. The bullet struck the unarmed victim in the head, and he died at the scene.

Burns faces (4) counts as part of this indictment, including:

  • FELONY MURDER
  • AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON
  • VIOLATION OF OATH OF PUBLIC OFFICER