LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- The Clark County District Attorney who has tried several high profile cases here in the valley is stepping down.
David Roger has served as prosecutor for a number of top cases during his time as district attorney, including the case of former Nevada Highway Patrol trooper George Warner, who was indicted on arson and first-degree murder charges in the death of his fifth wife.
Carol and George Warner were married seven years when a fire ripped through their mobile home in 1989. Carol Warner was burned on over 85 percent of her body and died 15 days later.
Prosecutors alleged George Warner doused his wife with flammable liquid while she sat in the den, but they had to dismiss the murder and arson charges after a judge ruled there was not enough evidence to convict Warner.
Warner was a nine-year veteran of the NHP, and resigned soon after the incident.
Roger also tried the infamous O.J. Simpson robbery case in 2008, in which he personally convicted Simpson on all 12 counts.
The robbery happened in September 2007 at the Palace Station Casino. Bruce Fromong, a sports memorabilia dealer, testified that a group of men broke into his hotel room and stole several items at gunpoint.
Simpson was arrested three days later. He admitted to taking the items, claiming they were stolen from him, but denied breaking into the room and that he or any other member of the group was carrying a weapon.
Simpson was found guilty in October 2008 -- exactly 13 years to the day after he was acquitted of the murders of his wife, Nicole Simpson, and Ron Goldman.
Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison for the robbery.
But it was the case surrounding the mysterious death of local casino figure Ted Binion in 1998 that Roger is probably best known for.
Roger successfully convicted Rick Tabish and his lover, Sandra Murphy, of drugging and suffocating Binion, who had previously been dating Murphy, a topless dancer who became his live-in girlfriend.
But she got close to Tabish, a business associate of Binion's, and authorities accused the two of planning Binion’s killing and robbery.
Tabish was sentenced 25 years to life in prison, and Murphy was sentenced to 22 years to life. In 2003, the Nevada Supreme Court ordered a new trial. Tabish and Murphy were acquitted of murder charges, but convicted of grand larceny and burglary in connection to the removal of Binion’s silver fortune from a vault near Pahrump.
Tabish was the owner of a trucking company that Binion had contracted out to transport his silver to an underground vault. Tabish was the only other person beside Binion who had the combination to the vault,
Murphy was granted time served and never returned to prison. Tabish spent time at a prison in Ely, and was granted parole in 2010.
David Roger was hired on with the local district attorney's office as a criminal prosecutor in 1987. He was elected district attorney in 2002.
Roger’s interim replacement will only be in office for two weeks. Commissioners will choose the new district attorney to serve out Roger’s remaining three-year term by the end of the month.