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Jenkins gets life in prison for killing, dismembering woman

Posted: Updated: April 13, 2012 11:19 AM
Clarence Jenkins Jr. appears in court. (April 10, 2012/FOX Carolina) Clarence Jenkins Jr. appears in court. (April 10, 2012/FOX Carolina)

A Greenville County man was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of kidnapping and murder Friday.

After four days of testimony, a Greenville County jury spent much of Thursday night and Friday morning deliberating the fate of Clarence Jenkins Jr., who was accused of killing and dismembering a woman four years ago.

Jenkins and his wife, Carman, were accused of killing Mekole Harris in April 2008 and then cutting off her hands and feet and leaving them on two doorsteps in Greenville County to send a message to their former roommate, Grace Davis.

In March, Carman Jenkins pleaded guilty to killing Harris and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Clarence Jenkins, who was found guilty of murder and kidnapping in connection with Harris's death, was sentenced to life in prison by the judge presiding over the case.

On Thursday, prosecutors called state and local investigators, as well as experts to the stand, who testified about evidence found in the Jenkins' home. By Thursday evening, the case was given to the jury.

On Wednesday, Carman Jenkins testified against her husband, describing how they killed Harris and what they did with her body.

Carman Jenkins said that her husband pretended to be a police officer, convincing Harris that he would keep her out of jail if she helped them. She said they tied Harris up, and then made her call Davis's family to extort $10,000 from them.

Harris was tied up for about a day before the couple killed her, Carman Jenkins testified. She said they then chopped off Harris's hands and feet, took her body to Paris Mountain and burned it.

On Tuesday, Davis testified about what happened when she tried to move out of the Jenkins' home. She said when she was leaving, Clarence Jenkins told her that he would let her go because he couldn't kill her.

On Monday, the first day of the trial, former Greenville Officer Christopher Odom testified about the discovery of Harris's body parts. He said he had opened the garbage bag that had a foot inside that was later identified as Harris's foot.

The judge said Clarence Jenkins will not be eligible for parole.

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