About Roger

About Roger EcholsRaised in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Roger’s mother had high expectations for her children and instilled in them the values to serve others, respect fellow man, and to work hard.

Roger attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a Bachelors Degree in Economics in 1995.  Subsequently attended law school at the University of Tennessee.  Faith and family are pivotal in Roger’s life. He has attended Dickerson Chapel AME Church since 1977, and is an active choir member, Steward, and class leader.

Roger is a 12-year survivor of stage 4 cancer. His strength to fight cancer and drive in pursuing truth and preserving justice is deeply rooted in his faith and love of family and community.


Roger knows that the decisions he makes as district attorney and all of his subordinate’s impact upon the life and liberty of those accused of committing crimes and the welfare and peace of mind of the victims of crime. Roger has earned the respect of his peers and is praised by defense attorneys for his courtesy and his honesty.

Roger is thoughtful and precise in his communication about the business of the District Attorney’s Office and in this role engages the community and participates in venues where he may further discuss and listen to the voices in the community.

Roger actively serves as a leader, member and/or volunteer in the following Community, Civic and Professional Organizations:

  • Criminal Justice Resource Southern Coalition for Justice
  • Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham
  • Parents of Murdered Children
    FOCUS Organization Inc
  • NC State Bar
  • Durham County Bar Association
  • NC District Attorney Association
  • Sertoma Club
  • Sierra Club
  • Try Coalition
  • American Red Cross
  • American Cancer Association
  • National Aids Hotline
“I take seriously the significant power of discretion that a prosecutor possesses to benefit the community, victims, and defendants. ”


Roger has over 12 years experience working as a prosecutor in Person and Caswell Counties and over 7 years in Durham County. He has handled almost every type of criminal case, from minor traffic tickets to first-degree murder trials. 

His experience coupled with the superior analytic and investigative skills have contributed to his ability to make case decisions.

His time in the Durham DA’s office also provided him the distinct honor to work with the honorable Leon Stanback who was appointed to serve as interim DA. Once in office, Roger continued to build on the principles Stanback put in place–stability, accountability and partnerships with the Sheriff, police and community.