Jury hears about Ohio ex-deputy fatally shooting unarmed man
WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — Jurors chosen for the murder trial of a former Ohio deputy sheriff accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man after a high-speed chase have heard opening arguments after traveling the path of the pursuit.
Prosecutors say former Pike County deputy Joel Jenkins unnecessarily fired nine times through the windows of the man’s stopped vehicle at the end of the chase, hitting him seven times.
Defense attorney Kaitlyn Stephens argues the March 2015 shooting was justified. She told jurors Tuesday that Jenkins feared for his life after the other driver fled a traffic stop and already had tried to ram law enforcement vehicles.
Separately, Jenkins has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter for fatally shooting a neighbor. He said he was showing the neighbor a gun when it fired accidentally.