Nevada County murder trial remains a go for Jan. 22 |

Nevada County murder trial remains a go for Jan. 22

Despite an attempt to fire his court-appointed defense attorney, the suspect in a 2016 murder will go to trial on Jan. 22.

Maurice Di Aundra Rogers is charged with homicide in the death of Felicia Romaine Spruell-Jones, 46, of Reno, whose body was found in the road near Truckee on April 4, 2016. Rogers, who had been Spruell-Jones’ boyfriend, was quickly identified as a suspect, and was arrested in Sacramento four days later.

Rogers has been represented by a series of public defenders and his trial has been delayed multiple times. According to online court records, Rogers had filed four previous motions seeking to fire his attorney since June 2016, meaning he has tried to claim the attorney is providing ineffective assistance or has a conflict with him.

Two of his court-appointed public defenders have successfully asked to be removed as his counsel. His current attorney, Ben Jacob, was appointed in May of this year and had requested several continuances in order to examine the evidence.

On Friday, Rogers again filed a motion in Nevada County Superior Court that was denied by Judge Candace Heidelberger during the trial readiness conference. The trial is set to start on Jan. 22 with jury selection and is estimated to last three to four weeks.

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at

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