Corrections Officer Recorded Fight With Husband Before She Fell To Her Death
St. Louis, MO – An Illinois corrections officer has been charged with assault after his wife was found dead from a seven-story fall in a parking garage after a baseball game.
The incident occurred at about 1:45 a.m. on June 2 after a group of Illinois corrections officers attended the baseball 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 Illinois Corrections Lieutenant Bradley Jenkins straddling his dead wife, Illinois Corrections Officer Allissa Martin, 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 7th Floor of the parking garage, according to The Washington Post.
Prior to her death, Corrections Officer Martin had begun recording an altercation with her new husband on her cell phone.
Police said she filmed herself arguing with Corrections Lt. Jenkins and then flipped the camera around to film her new husband, The Washington Post reported.
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.
The cell phone footage has not been released to the public.
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.
Corrections Lt. Jenkins joined the Illinois Department of Corrections in 2010. Corrections Officer Martin joined the corrections department in 2015, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Police said the correction lieutenant lived in Taylorsville, Illinois, nearby the minimum-security Taylorsville Correctional Center where he and Corrections Officer Martin worked, The Washington Post reported.
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.