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Man held in cousin's shooting

April 15, 2002|BY JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man was being held without bond in Virginia on Saturday in connection with the shooting death of his cousin southwest of Inwood, authorities said.

John W. Jenkins Jr., 34, of Specks Run Road, was charged late Friday with first-degree murder in the shooting of Steven W. Cole of Martinsburg, W.Va., police said.

Jenkins was charged by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department. The shooting occurred in Berkeley County along Gold Miller Road north of the Virginia line around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Chief Deputy Kenny Lemaster said.

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Jenkins was served with a fugitive from justice warrant in Frederick County, Va., where he was taken into custody, said Capt. Robert Eckman with the Frederick County Sheriff's Department.

Jenkins was being held in the Clarke-Frederick-Fauquier-Winchester Regional Jail in Winchester, pending an extradition hearing Monday morning at General District Court, Eckman said.

The motive for the shootings remained unclear Saturday, police from both agencies said.

The men got into a struggle in a pickup truck along Gold Miller Road and Cole was shot with a small caliber handgun in the head and torso, police said. Police were not sure how many times Cole was shot.

After the shooting, Cole was placed in the pickup truck's cab and driven to Virginia for an unknown reason, police said.

Bleeding from at least two gunshot wounds, Cole jumped out of the pickup truck into a Virginia intersection between 3:35 and 3:40 p.m. Friday and stumbled on the road, Eckman said. That was about six or seven miles from where the shooting occurred.

Employees at the White Hall Grocery on the corner of White Hall Road and Apple Pie Ridge Road called 911 and tried to help Cole, Eckman said.

Cole, 37, of Tuscarora Pike, was pronounced dead at Winchester Medical Center around 4:15 to 4:30 p.m., Eckman said.

An autopsy will be conducted Monday morning, Eckman said.

A .22-caliber magnum revolver that still had bullets in it was recovered at the shooting scene, Eckman said. Jenkins told police the gun was his, Eckman said.

Jenkins was charged around midnight Friday after being interviewed by police in White Hall and returning to the crime scene with police, Eckman said.

Police said Jenkins does not have a prior criminal history.

On Saturday, police issued a search warrant for the pickup truck, which had blood stains inside and outside, Eckman said.

"They were supposedly good friends," Eckman said.

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