Monday, September 20, 2010


Geez, you can’t even be an obedient wife anymore. Sumbich, what this country isn’t coming to. Must be the result of Obamaism.
By David Ovalle
The Miami Herald
September 15, 2010
CUTLER BAY, Fla. -- Tired of their bickering and her husband's complaints that he wanted to die, an exasperated Cutler Bay woman asked him if he wanted his pistol.
Yes, he replied - so she fetched the weapon from another room and tossed it on the couch next to him, police said.
Then he shot himself, fatally, in the head.
For her "reckless disregard for human life," Valerie Jenkins will be charged Wednesday with manslaughter with a deadly weapon for the May 2009 death of her husband, Robert Jenkins, prosecutors say.
The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office filed formal charges against Valerie Jenkins, 56, on Wednesday in front of Circuit Judge Reemberto Diaz. Jenkins who was in court and remained silent throughout the proceedings plead not guilty.
Jenkins told Miami-Dade police homicide detectives that she and her husband fought frequently, and he often said "he wanted to die," according to an arrest warrant. On May 4, 2009, the couple fought over his not taking his blood pressure medicine. Robert Jenkins was "probably depressed" and had been drinking beer, his wife told police.
Robert Jenkins again said "he wanted to die."
Angry and frustrated, Jenkins asked her husband if he wanted his gun. After he said yes, she retrieved his .22-caliber pistol, in a zippered pouch, from a dresser drawer, she told police. She flipped it onto the sofa where Robert Jenkins sat.
When she turned to enter the kitchen, "she heard a single gunshot, and when she turned back, she observed the victim slumped over on the sofa with a gunshot wound to the side of the head," the warrant states.
Jenkins frantically called 911, saying that while her husband had threatened to use the gun in the past, "he had never actually asked her for it while they were arguing."
The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death a suicide. Robert Jenkins' blood alcohol level was .14, nearly twice the legal limit for driving.
Robert and Valerie Jenkins were married for seven years. They had no children.

In preparing its manslaughter case, Miami-Dade prosecutors Lody Jean and Kathleen Hoague relied on the successful case against Jeramy Ricky Rushing, who in February 1986 gave a cocked, loaded gun to a despondent woman outside a Dania Beach bar.
A Broward County judge dismissed a manslaughter charge against Rushing, but the Fourth District Court of Appeal reinstated it, clearing the way for a trial. In 1992, jurors convicted Rushing and he was sentenced to two years of house arrest plus 300 hours of community service.

Prosecutors said Valerie Jenkins "engaged in a course of conduct that was gross and flagrant, showing reckless disregard for human life" by giving the loaded gun to her intoxicated husband.

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