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Friday, September 18, 2015

Questions Linger as Jenkins Murder Trial Goes to the Jury

How Important Are Possible Inconsistencies in Defending a Criminal Case?

The double murder trial of Andre Jenkins, now awaiting the jury's decision in Lockport, New York, is a case with a number of pertinent unanswered questions. The defense has argued that the prosecution has rushed to judgment, not giving sufficient weight to these questions, nor to the possible alternative scenarios that may explain them.

The case centers on the murder of two members of the Kingsmen Club, a motorcycle biker organization.  Jenkins, who allegedly came up from Florida to commit these murders, has been described by the prosecution as an enforcer for the biker organization, allegedly assigned to kill the two men who were apparently positioned to defect to a group of Kingsmen's rivals. He is facing charges of murder in the first degree, two counts of murder, and one count of criminal possession of a weapon.

Although the prosecution had in its arsenal photos of the crime scene, the testimony of a jailhouse informant, photos of the crime scene, and video taken outside the Kingsmen club, the defense has repeatedly brought up a number of unanswered, somewhat disturbing questions, including:

  • Why is there no physical evidence linking Jenkins to the crime?
  • Why were some individuals present at the crime scene not tested for DNA or gunshot residue?
  • Why were there inconsistencies among the testimony of several witnesses?
  • Why was there no grass found on the recovered gun and magazine even though the grass had been cut after the weapon was supposedly tossed into the grass?

There is clearly cogent evidence on both sides of this case, but, since it is the job of the defense attorney to create enough doubt in the jurors' minds to enable them to reach a not guilty verdict, questions like these have great significance.

If you, or someone close to you, has been accused of a crime, it is important to engage the best possible lawyer available. Our criminal defense attorneys at Ianniello Anderson have diligently served clients in Albany and throughout the upstate New York area for over 40 years. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you with our customary skill and concern and can be reached at 518.350.7755.

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