Police have made another arrested in connection with the killing of a woman who was gunned down in her Florida home earlier this year: Her husband.
In a dramatic twist, authorities on Thursday took 31-year-old Euri Jenkins into custody and charged him with first-degree murder in the June 29 death of his wife, 33-year-old Makeva Jenkins, the Sun Sentinel reports.
Investigators said at the time of the shooting they believed a masked man had invaded the house and shot Makeva Jenkins.
Another man, 20-year-old Joevan Joseph, had been arrested in September and was charged with murder in the case. He is still in jail without bond.
Police would not publicly identify how Euri Jenkins is tied to his wife’s death or his relationship with Joseph. However, court records show Euri Jenkins “and/or” Joseph pulled the trigger on the gun used to kill Makeva Jenkins.
While Euri Jenkins was being transported to the Palm Beach County Jail, he said: “I am innocent. God will vindicate me.”
Greg Lerman, Euri Jenkins’ lawyer, says his client has denied any involvement in his wife’s death and that he has talked with investigators numerous times.
“He’s shocked quite honestly,” Lerman told the Sun Sentinel.
“I think he’s dismayed sitting here charged with the homicide of someone that he loved and cared about.”
Whoever shot Makeva Jenkins did so while multiple children were in the home in addition to Euri. No one else was hurt.
Makeva Jenkins was an up-and-coming entrepreneur who had overcome homelessness. She had posted a message on Facebook the day before she was killed in which she talked about achieving financial success and garnering a six-figure income.
“I’m in awe of how far I’ve come,” she wrote on Facebook.
During a court appearance on Friday, a judge ordered Euri Jenkins to be held in jail without bond.
The grandmother of Makeva Jenkins, Gloria Harold, told the newspaper that she and the rest of the family can’t understand why Makeva was killed.
“I don’t have any feelings toward this,” Harold said. “I don’t even know what to think about it. Either way, Makeva’s children are going to be out of a mom and a dad.”
Before the first arrest was made in the case, Makeva’s family had convened a press conference to solicit information about the shooting. Euri Jenkins did not attend.
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