Hero Down: IL Corrections Officer Allissa Martin Killed During Fight With Spouse
Correction: The article initially reported the wrong location where Corrections Officer Martin worked, and has been corrected to the Logan Correctional Center.
St. Louis, MO – Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) Officer Allissa Martin died on June 2, when she fell from the seventh story of a parking garage during an argument with her husband.
Corrections Officer Martin recorded the heated altercation between her and her husband, Illinois DOC Lieutenant Bradley Jenkins, with her cell phone.
The video was still recording when police arrived at the scene.
The incident occurred at about 1:45 a.m., after a group of Illinois corrections officers attended the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs game in Busch stadium, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
When police responded to a call about a woman who had fallen from the parking garage, they found 30-year-old Corrections Lt. Jenkins straddling his dead wife where her bloodied body landed on the ramp of the Stadium East parking garage.
Corrections Lt. Jenkins and Corrections Officer Martin were newlyweds who had married in Las Vegas on May 22, The Washington Post reported.
A police affidavit said Corrections Lt. Jenkins was “agitated and appeared intoxicated” when police arrived on the scene.
St. Louis Metropolitan police officers found Corrections Officer Martin’s cell phone, still recording a video, where she had dropped it before she fell from the Seventh Floor of the parking garage, according to The Washington Post.
In the video, St. Louis officers could hear the 27-year-old woman screaming at her husband to stop punching her in the face.
"The recording showed her pointing the camera toward herself," St. Louis Metropolitan Police Detective Mark West wrote in a probable cause affidavit, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "She then turned the camera toward this defendant and he was shown on camera. They were arguing."
Police believe that’s when Corrections Officer Martin dropped her phone, The Washington Post reported.
"Shortly after that, you hear her scream as she falls and you hear the thump of her body hitting the ground," Det. West wrote in the affidavit.
Corrections Lt. Jenkins told police that he and his new wife had argued during the baseball game they attended with their colleagues, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
But police said he lied and claimed he wasn’t on the garage roof with Corrections Officer Martin and said that their argument had not become physical.
Cell phone video and audio recordings disputed Corrections Lt. Jenkins’ claims, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
On June 3, Corrections Lt. Jenkins was charged with felony third-degree domestic assault in the death of his wife, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
A judge set a $100,000 cash-only bail for the husband as they await the autopsy results, The Washington Post reported.
He will likely be facing homicide charges when the medical examiner is finished investigating.
Court records showed this wasn’t the first time Corrections Lt. Jenkins has found himself on the wrong side of the law, even while working for the corrections department.
He was arrested for felony aggravated battery on two separate occasions and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in both cases, The Washington Post reported.
Corrections Lt. Jenkins was sentenced to 18 months of probation for the first offense.
He served two days in jail and was given 24 months of probation in 2017 for the second offense, according to The Washington Post.
Corrections Officer Martin joined the DOC in 2015, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
She and her husband both worked at the Logan Correctional Center.
On June 8, a community gathering was held to honor Corrections Officer Martin’s memory, WRSP reported.
"I can tell you she was a very loving person," Logan Correctional Center Warden Glen Austin told the news outlet. "She was very personable, young, exuberant, full of life. She was loved, as you can see, by so many individuals."
She was also the loving stepmother of four little boys.
“My heart is broken...for her, her family and my boys,” the children’s mother, Jessica Durbin, wrote in a Facebook post. “I couldn't have asked for a better stepmom for the boys, she loved and cared for them as if they were her own from day one…I will forever keep her memory alive for them.”
Corrections Officer Martin also leaves behind her parents, siblings, and many friends and extended family members, according to her obituary.
“Allissa had nothing but love for everyone in the world,” her obituary read. “She will be greatly missed by anyone fortunate enough to have known her.”
Corrections Officer Martin was laid to rest on Saturday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Illinois Department of Corrections Officer Allissa Martin, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.