Trial To Begin For Ex-Deputy Charged In 2 Ohio Killings

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WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) – A former southern Ohio sheriff’s deputy indicted in two fatal shootings is set to begin trial in one, facing charges including murder for a high-speed chase that ended with an on-duty shooting.

Former Pike County deputy Joel Jenkins has pleaded not guilty in that March 2015 shooting and in what he says was the accidental shooting of a neighbor later that year.

Trial was set to begin Monday in Waverly on the charges linked to the pursuit and the fatal shooting of 26-year-old motorist Robert C. Rooker.

Court records don’t show a trial date in the off-duty shooting of Jenkins’ 40-year-old neighbor. Jenkins pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges in that case. He has said he was showing the neighbor a gun and it misfired.