Man accused in Electric Cowboy fight to claim self defense

Taylor Rogers

A Broken Bow, Oklahoma, man accused of causing serious injuries that led to the death of another in August 2015, plans to claim self-defense at his trial later this month.

Taylor Rogers, 26, was arrested last year after a fight at the Electric Cowboy sent Jon Russell, 32, to the hospital with a serious head injury. Russell died Sept. 10, 2015.

Rogers is scheduled for a Sept. 26 jury trial in Miller County, Ark., on a charge of second-degree battery. His attorney, Mickey Buchanan of Ashdown, Ark., filed a notice Monday that he intends to argue Rogers acted in self-defense of himself and another bar patron during his scuffle with Russell.

Police were called to the Electric Cowboy at about 3 a.m., Aug. 29, 2015. Rogers was arrested and Russell was taken to an area hospital where he remained in critical condition until his death.

The offense with which Rogers is charged, battery, second degree, is punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine up to 10,000. He is currently free on a $2,500 bond.

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