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Shooting trial postponed in Berkeley County

March 01, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The trial for a man charged in the 2002 shooting death of his cousin has been postponed because of the snow, according to the Berkeley County prosecutor.

John Jenkins Jr., 37, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., was to appear in court today for the first day of his jury trial, but Circuit Judge Christopher Wilkes postponed the trial, citing weather concerns, Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said.

Games-Neely said both she and Jenkins' attorney, Kevin Mills, have witnesses traveling in from out-of-state. Both were concerned about snow impeding their travel plans, she said.

Fifty prospective jurors also were to appear for jury selection.

Jenkins was charged with one count of murder in the death of his cousin, Steven Cole, 37, who was shot four times while in or near Jenkins' pickup truck. The shooting happened on April 12, 2002, on Goldmiller Road near the Virginia state line.

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Jenkins is free on bail.

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