WAVERLY, Ohio - A former deputy sheriff accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man after a chase was found not guilty of murder and reckless homicide charges on Tuesday.Joel Jenkins was working as a Pike County deputy when Robert Rooker was fatally shot.
A former southern Ohio sheriff's deputy indicted in two fatal shootings is set to begin trial in one, facing charges including murder for a high-speed chase that ended with an on-duty shooting. Former Pike County deputy Joel Jenkins has pleaded not guilty in that March 2015 shooting and in what he says was the accidental shooting of a neighbor later that year.
An auxiliary deputy sheriff in Pike County clocked the speed of Robert C. Rooker's pickup truck at 52 mph in a 45-mph zone late one night in March 2015, setting off a chain of events that ended with the unarmed Rooker shot to death inside his vehicle and another deputy accused of murder. The trial of former deputy Joel Jenkins is set to begin in Pike County Common Pleas Court Monday.
The appointed southern Ohio sheriff investigating the slayings of eight people from one family has been sworn in for a four-year term after winning election. Democratic Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader was sworn in Wednesday by Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine, whose office is working with Reader's on the massive investigation into the April slayings.
This week, the Gallipolis Daily Tribune will be looking back over the past year, highlighting memorable moments and stories from 2016. This review begins with stories that took place April through June this year, with more months, and stories, to follow this week.