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Murder Trial Starts For Former Pike County Deputy

Pike County Sheriff's Office
Joel Jenkins faces indictments in two separate fatal shootings.

A former Ohio sheriff’s deputy indicted in two fatal shootings started one trial today. 

Former Pike County Deputy Joel Jenkins faces murder charges in the December 2015 fatal shooting of 26-year-old Robert Rooker.

Few details have been released, but police have contended Rooker was running stop signs and putting the public at risk during a high-speed chase just before he was shot.

Later that year, Jenkins was off-duty when he called police to say a gun accidentally went off and shot a neighbor. Jason Brady, 40, died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Prosecutors say Jenkins was drinking at the time of the incident and has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, and tampering with evidence. That trial is scheduled for later this year.

The murder trial starting Monday is expected to last about a week.