Accused child rapist refuses to appear for Friday court appearance

Jeffery Jamarch Jenkins (Columbus Police Department)

UPDATE:

6/30/2017, 10:00 P.M. — A man accused of incest and aggravated child molestation refuses to appear in court Friday.

When a Muscogee County Judge asked where the accused, 36-year-old Jeffery Jamarch Jenkins, was during a morning court session, officers responded Jenkins would not be joining the proceedings. Instead, officers read out what Jenkins told them when he was asked to get ready for his appearance.

A News 3 reporter was in the courtroom at 9 a.m. to hear the officer read Jenkins’ statement in which he said he thought he didn’t need to appear to hear his charges, and if he did he would likely kill himself.

The judge bound the case over to Superior Court.

Jenkins was arrested Wednesday, June 21 and charged with felony counts of aggravated child molestation, child molestation, and rape. Thursday afternoon, additional charges were added to include incest with a minor, incest with an adult, and sodomy.


(ORIGINAL STORY)

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A man accused of raping a local girl is in Muscogee County Jail awaiting a Friday appearance in court.

Columbus Police Department confirms in a press release 36-year-old Jeffery Jamarch Jenkins was taken into custody Tuesday.

As News 3 reported, Jenkins was originally arrested on outstanding warrants Wednesday, June 21 in Clebourne County, Alabama. He was extradited back to Muscogee County to face charges connected to a May 31 incident under investigation by the CPD Special Victim’s Unit.

Jenkins faces felony charges of aggravated child molestation, child molestation, and rape.

He will appear in court at 9 a.m. Friday.

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