Bill Rodgers 1965-2005

Flagstaff, Arizona - Prescott activist and bookstore owner William C. Rodgers, 40, was found dead in a Flagstaff jail cell, while in federal custody. He was arrested Wednesday, December, 8th, in a four state sting operation that netted five other individuals on charges relating to acts of sabotage and arson done on behalf of the Earth and Animal Liberation Fronts, between 1998 and 2001. Authorities are claiming that he deliberately suffocated himself with a plastic bag.

Bill was one of the six defendants who were fortunate enough to have strong community support. Much of his support was spearheaded by his girlfriend Katie Rose Nelson. He was well known and liked in the Prescott community, who have wholeheartedly defended his innocence. The case against him relied solely on the testimony of cooperating witnesses who the FBI alleged that Bill told he was "planning something big" involving some kind of arson after the end of his relationship with his girlfriend. The information may have been released in order to weaken his support.