Authorities in Missouri say an Illinois woman’s body was found on a parking garage ramp in downtown St. Louis after falling seven stories.
According to NBC News, 27-year-old Allissa Martin was reportedly arguing with her husband, 30-year-old Bradley Stephen Jenkins, prior to the deadly fall. Jenkins was arrested at the scene and is expected to face a criminal charge of domestic assault.
The two were reportedly married just weeks before the incident early Sunday morning.
While Martin’s body was discovered on the ground floor of the structure near Busch Stadium, her phone was still on the seventh level, police say. Its video camera was reportedly still recording.
Upon review, investigators say the footage revealed an argument between the husband and wife, including Martin’s plea for Jenkins to “quit punching her face.”
Martin reportedly dropped the phone at one point.
“Shortly after that, you hear her scream as she falls and you hear the thump of her body hitting the ground,” a police statement revealed.
Jenkins said the two were at the nearby ballpark for a game the previous evening, a probably cause statement showed.
The responding officer noted that he “was agitated and appeared to be intoxicated” at the time of the interview. Furthermore, investigators found he told “several lies” when asked about details of the evening.
A police statement indicates the suspect told officers he did not hit his wife, “yet on the recording you hear the argument being physical.”
As of the latest reports available, Jenkins remained behind bars with a cash-only bail set at $100,000, as reported by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Additional charges could possibly be added after the release of autopsy results.
Records show Jenkins and Martin were both employed by the Illinois Department of Corrections, which issued a statement in light of the recent reports. It was unclear from available reports whether Jenkins was still employed by the agency.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Correctional Officer Allissa Jenkins-Martin,” the statement read. “We extend our most heartfelt thoughts and condolences to her family during this difficult time.”
[Featured image: Bradley Jenkins, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department]