Jury resumes deliberations in Calvin Jenks murder trial - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Jury resumes deliberations in Calvin Jenks murder trial

A jury resumed their deliberations this morning the trial Orlando Garcia, one of two accused in the death of Tennessee State Trooper Calvin Jenks.  Click here for more information from WMCTV.com's courtroom blog of the trial.


COVINGTON, Tenn. (AP) - A jury Wednesday night began deliberating the fate of a man charged with murdering a state trooper.

Orlando Garcia, 20, and Chevo Gauna, 18, both of Austin, Texas, are charged with killing Trooper Calvin Jenks, 24, on Jan. 6 while on a marijuana-selling trip to Tennessee.

Earlier Wednesday, Garcia testified that he left the officer lying shot on a rural highway but wasn't responsible for killing him.

Garcia, on trial for first-degree murder, said he was standing outside his car during a speeding stop when Jenks was shot by Gauna, who is scheduled for trial in April.

Authorities say Jenks was shot twice in the head with a .25-caliber pistol as he questioned Gauna, who was still in the pair's rented car, about smelling marijuana in the vehicle.

A videotape from the officer's patrol car showed Garcia moving Jenks' body out of the way, jumping in the rented vehicle and driving away.

"At any point did you check to see if the trooper was alive?" asked prosecutor Walter Freeland.

"No," replied Garcia, who was 19 at the time of the shooting.

Garcia and Gauna were tracked to a Nashville motel and arrested the morning after the shooting.

Garcia told authorities he and Gauna were in Tennessee to sell marijuana when Jenks pulled their car over in Tipton County north of Memphis.

The trial began Monday.

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