Cross-country killer loses another appeal

Published January 19, 2007

TALLAHASSEE - A drifter dubbed the "cross-country killer," sentenced to death in two states and suspected of murder in two others, lost a second appeal Thursday in the Florida Supreme Court.

The justices unanimously rejected arguments from Glen Rogers about the effectiveness of his trial and earlier appeals lawyers, the constitutionality of Florida's death penalty law, alleged procedural errors and his mental competency.

Rogers, 44, was convicted of stabbing Tina Cribbs, 34, and leaving her to die in a motel room after meeting her at a Tampa bar in November 1995.

The former carnival worker, also wanted for murder in California and a suspect in killings in Louisiana and Mississippi, was arrested in Kentucky after a 100 mph chase while driving Cribbs' car.

The Supreme Court in 2001 rejected Rogers' initial appeal. It opened the door for a third appeal by ruling he was premature in arguing that he might be incompetent when executed.

"This claim is not ripe for review until a death warrant has been issued, which has not occurred in this case," the justices' unsigned opinion said.

Extradited to California after his Florida conviction, Rogers was found guilty there and received another death sentence for the rape and strangulation of Sandra Gallagher, 33, whose body was set ablaze in her pickup truck.

Rogers then was returned to Florida's death row.