A Jupiter man was arrested on Tuesday night on Italian Bar Road on suspicion of murdering a nearby resident in a marijuana garden one week ago.
Scott Rockey, 31, was found dead in a marijuana garden at his property in Jupiter early in the early morning of Oct. 17 by Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office logs, someone on Italian Bar Road and Rose Creek Circle in the Jupiter area called the Sheriff’s Office at 10 p.m. on Oct. 16 to report that her “boyfriend was just shot in the head.”
According to a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office press release, a resident of the Jupiter area was arrested Tuesday night.
Narcotics detectives, the High Risk Supervision Team and Crisis Response Unit assisted in the arrest.
The press release also stated that “specific details or motive for the killing” would not be released while the investigation was ongoing.
Matthew Robert-Moreno Grogg, 23, of Jupiter, was arrested on suspicion of first degree murder.
According to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Crime Graphics website, Grogg was arrested at 4:04 p.m on the 28300 block of Italian Bar Road. The address is approximately two miles due west from the the area of Rose Creek Circle and Italian Bar Road where the murder occurred.
Grogg remained in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail as of midday on Wednesday.
His bail was set at $1 million.
On Grogg’s Facebook page, he wrote public posts in which he admitted to growing and smoking marijuana and “breath[ing] some whipits at times.”
Ten days before the murder, Grogg said he was considering “getting rid” of his last name because he was “adopted by a white privileged military family” that “couldn’t Handel [sp] how broken I am.”
“I am falling apart,” Grogg wrote. “I don’t know how to hold myself together I just need to reach out to someone.”
Grogg’s last post was made the morning of the arrest and showed what appeared to be his face painted in white, blue, black and red.
Katelyn Tracy, 26, of Sonora, the mother of the 3-year old child taken into custody by Child Welfare Services workers at the scene of the murder on Oct. 17, said she was not familiar with Grogg.
Tracy said last week that the child was returned to her custody and care following the murder.
Tracy also said last week that Rockey was from Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, before moving to California about five years ago.
Rockey, a woman and a small child were contacted by Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Tuolumne County Code Compliance officials and Union Democrat reporters during abatement sweeps of the Jupiter area in late June on a property that had approximately 370 marijuana plants.
The property where Rockey was contacted was not his home or where the murder occurred, Tracy said.
In a response to a member of the public on the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, a Sheriff’s Office representative said more than 12 plants were found on the property at the site of the murder.