Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Teen Testifies In Hate Crime Case

{London, Kentucky}...Eighteen year old Alex Jenkins testified Tuesday in London after spending a night in jail for refusing Monday to testify against his brother, 20 year old Anthony Ray Jenkins, and cousin, 37 year old David Jason Jenkins. Alex Jenkins told jurors that Jason Jenkins seemed "kind of cocky" about assaulting the gay man and glad that he had done it. Jason Jenkins and Anthony Jenkins are on trial for allegedly assaulting Kevin Pennington, of Letcher County, at Kingdom Come State Park, near Cumberland on April 4, 2011 because Pennington is gay. Alex Jenkins said that after the attack, Anthony and Jason Jenkins first said Pennington had ripped them off in a drug deal. In response to questions from Anthony Jenkins' attorney, Willis Coffey, Alex Jenkins acknowledged that he had told conflicting stories about what Jason and Anthony Jenkins had told him, but he said he was telling the jury the truth. Anthony and David Jenkins could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted. Ashley Jenkins, a sister of Anthony Jenkins, and Alexis Jenkins, his wife, pleaded guilty to aiding in the attack, but have not been sentenced.