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Jenkins waives extradition to Berkeley County

April 16, 2002|BY DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Bunker Hill, W.Va., man charged in the shooting death of his second cousin Friday in southern Berkeley County agreed Monday not to fight his return to West Virginia, prosecutors said.

John W. Jenkins Jr., who has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Steven E. Cole, agreed not to fight extradition Monday morning in General District Court in Winchester, Va., Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said.

"We've been given 12 days to pick him up, something like that, which is standard," Games-Neely said Monday.

Law enforcement officials were making arrangements Monday to pick up Jenkins, 34, of Ben Speck's Run Road, said Games-Neely.

When Jenkins arrives in Berkeley County, he would be taken to the Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg, said Games-Neely.

A preliminary hearing will be held for Jenkins within 10 days, said Games-Neely.

Cole, 37, of Tuscarora Pike, was shot on Gold Miller Road about two-tenths of a mile north of the Virginia line at about 3:30 p.m. Friday, said police.


The men got into a struggle and Cole was shot in the head and torso with a small-caliber handgun, police said.

After the shooting, Cole was placed in the truck's cab and driven to Virginia, police and Berkeley County Sheriff Randy Smith alleged.

Bleeding from at least two gunshot wounds, Cole jumped out of the truck into a Virginia intersection and stumbled on the road, Capt. Robert Eckman of the Frederick County (Va.) Sheriff's Department said.

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

Police were trying to determine the motive for the shooting.

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