Ex-sheriff's deputy charged in 2 Ohio killings surrenders
CINCINNATI >> A former sheriff's deputy indicted in two separate fatal shootings — one an on-duty killing involving a fleeing driver and the second an off-duty slaying of the ex-deputy's neighbor — turned himself in to authorities on Friday.
Joel Jenkins was indicted Thursday by a grand jury in Waverly in southern Ohio. Dan Tierney, a spokesman for the Ohio attorney general, said the former Pike County sheriff's deputy turned himself in on Friday, and bond was set at $200,000. A sheriff's official said Friday night that Jenkins had paid the bond and was released.
The indictment charges him with murder and reckless homicide for his role in the March 28 high-speed pursuit that ended with the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Robert C. Rooker, Tierney said.
Jenkins also was indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide and tampering with evidence in the Dec. 3 fatal shooting of his neighbor Jason Brady, according to Tierney. Brady, 40, was shot inside Jenkins' Waverly home, investigators said.
The indictment doesn't provide details of either shooting, and officials didn't release further information Friday.
Calls to a possible phone number for Jenkins and at the office of Mark Collins, Jenkins' attorney, were not immediately returned Friday. Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader has said he fired Jenkins after Brady's shooting.
Authorities have said previously that Jenkins and other sheriff's deputies were involved in a high-speed pursuit of Rooker that ended with Rooker's death. No other indictments are expected in that encounter, Tierney said Friday. He also said the March shooting was already under investigation when the Dec. 3 shooting occurred.
Reader has said Jenkins called the sheriff's office the night of Brady's shooting and told a dispatcher his gun had misfired and that his neighbor had been shot accidentally.
Jenkins was charged the next day with involuntary manslaughter. He was briefly jailed but posted bond and was released.
Messages seeking additional comment and records in both cases were left Friday at the Pike County sheriff's office and the county prosecutor's office.
Both the prosecutor and the sheriff recused themselves from the cases involving Jenkins, asking that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation handle the investigation. BCI is under the Ohio attorney general.
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