A Clarksville man who is currently serving time for aggravated robbery in Tennessee had all felony charges dropped against him in Christian Circuit Court on Tuesday much to the dismay of Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor.
D’Angelo Marquez Jenkins, 26, was indicted for the attempted 2005 shooting of Jervone Robinson and LoQuan Jackson near an Oak Grove trailer park.
Jenkins was additionally charged with the wanton endangerment of Penny and Ethan Brumwell when a stray round from Jenkins’ gun went through Penny Brumwell’s trailer while she was feeding her infant son.
Pryor made a motion before Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins to drop the charges as the victims, the witnesses and the former lead detective in the case have refused to testify for various reasons.
Pryor told the New Era that Robinson, Jackson and the Brumwells have moved to Georgia, New Mexico and Washington state.
Robinson, on the advice of his doctor, refused to testify because the shooting was so traumatic that he has memory problems, post-traumatic stress issues and still carries the bullet from the shooting in his pelvis.
Jackson was last heard to be living in Washington state, but the Commonwealth was unable to make recent contact with him.
The Brumwells have long since left the trailer park.
Neighborhood witnesses, who were in the Army, have been reassigned from Fort Campbell, while the former Oak Grove detective who headed the case has moved from the area, which makes direct testimony from all the players in the prosecution’s case problematic for Pryor.
All were unwilling to make the financial and time sacrifices to see the case against Jenkins go forward.
Pryor conceded, “The case just crumbled apart.”
According to court documents, Robinson claimed LoQuan Jackson set him up to be shot.
Jackson and Robinson drove to a trailer park on Stateline Drive, where Jackson allegedly met up with four people in a white car, one of whom was Jenkins.
According to the police summary, Jackson motioned for Robinson to get out of the car and join the group, at which time Jenkins allegedly shot Robinson.
Jackson also sustained a gunshot wound to the mouth, but doctors at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital said later it was self-inflicted.
According to BACH physicians, Jackson had a clean, upward-gaping hole shot through his upper front lip which doctors said came from “a gun pointing upward in the face.”
Doctors added he had powder burns on his face and forehead consistent with a self-inflicted head shot as D’Angelo Jenkins, Jervone Robinson and the others were four to six feet away.
Court documents say Jackson gave conflicting stories to police about what happened that night and could not explain how he got shot through the mouth.
He alleged to investigators that Jenkins and Robinson belonged to rival gangs.
Pryor said, “What can you do if no one is willing to come forward to testify? It seemed the best course was to drop charges and send (Jenkins) back to prison in Tennessee.”
Jenkins is scheduled to be released on his Tennessee convictions in 2017.
Steve Breen is a reporter for the Kentucky New Era. Reach Steve at 270-887-3240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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