Man accused of killing doctor appears in court

A judge has entered a not guilty plea for an 18-year-old charged with murder in the fatal shooting of an Indiana University doctor and educator.

Ka’Ron Bickham-Hurst made his first court appearance Monday following his arrest Thursday in connection with the Nov. 20 slaying of Dr. Kevin Rodgers at the victim’s home near Eagle Creek Park on the city’s northwest side. Bickham-Hurst has also is charged with burglary and theft.

Investigators say they believe the 61-year-old Rodgers walked in on a burglary and was shot in the head and stomach. A 15-year-old juvenile also was arrested.

Rodgers was the program director emeritus of the emergency medicine residency at the IU School of Medicine.

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