The murder trial set to start for a Florida man who supposedly hired a hitman to execute his pregnant wife in July 2017 — a day after she posted a Facebook post regarding becoming a business owner and overcoming homelessness.
Prosecutors think greed motivated 33-year-old Euri Jenkins to have Joevan Joseph, then 19, enter their family house and shoot 33-year-old Makeva Jenkins in the head. Jenkins gave Joseph a revolver and a $1,500 down payment to kill his wife.
A day before her killing, on July 28, 2017, Makeva Jenkins took to Facebook to talk regarding how she earns a six-figure salary after having only $99 in 2011.
Euri Jenkins reportedly insisted that Joseph murdered his wife in a robbery, as he knew their family had money. He supposedly also characterized Joseph as a thief who would steal from his mom.
The victim’s brother, 21-year-old Dametri Dale, and Euri Jenkins reportedly in the garage at the moment of Makeva Jenkins’ murder. Dale recognized as the third accomplice, but he was not criminally indicted in association with the 2017 slaying.
Dale’s cooperation in the inquiry led to Joseph’s arrest in September 2017. Dale allegedly gave authorities a recorded conversation that transpired two months after the murder. In the recording, Joseph reportedly spoke regarding getting a weapon and payment from Euri Jenkins.
Authorities insisted they have a recording of Euri Jenkins calling a life insurance company following his wife’s death. They also claimed that they have audio of him saying a cop that he was bothered he could not meet his wife’s funeral because he was not a successor of her $500,000 life insurance policy.
Charges And Punishments
Joseph declared guilty to second-degree murder last July and reportedly admitted to witnessing that Jenkins provided him a revolver and a $1,500 down payment to shoot his companion.
Joseph, now 22, bears five to 20 years in prison if he testifies against Euri Jenkins throughout his trial — which is supposed to start on Tuesday. He will be re-indicted with first-degree murder if he turns his statement.
Joseph’s sentencing is listed for March 16.