FAIRBORN – A Fairborn man charged with murder will receive a second competency evaluation after pleading not guilty to the charge by reason of insanity Aug. 13.
Joseph Jenkins, 44, of Fairborn, was evaluated, but at a competency hearing on Oct. 1 the court ruled for him to be evaluated again. Chris Beck, Jenkins’s attorney, said the second evaluation was due to a lack of a full analysis of Jenkins’s health history.
Jenkins was charged with murder following the death of Andre Winston, 38, of Beavercreek, in July.
The charge came after Jenkins allegedly stabbed Winston in the evening hours of Wednesday, July 22 after an altercation broke out at an apartment near Williams Street and Wallace Drive. Winston was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Winston’s fiance Crystal Rodriguez said she spent the hours following Winston’s murder not believing he had passed. However, when she realized that he was gone, she said she felt as if her body fell paralyzed. Winston left behind numerous family members, including a five-year-old daughter and 14-year-old stepson.
Forensic Psychologist Daniel Davis, Ph.D, of Columbus has agreed to complete the second evaluation. The state had no objections.
Jenkins’s jury trial is still set for Nov. 9. If he is found guilty, murder is punishable in the state of Ohio for 15 years-to-life in prison. Jenkins currently sits in the Greene County Jail with a bond of $250,000.
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