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***Updated***13-008 Pinellas Detectives Conduct Homicide Investigation In East Lealman

***1/17/13 Update to PCSO release 13-008 ****

 Pinellas Detectives Conduct Homicide Investigation In East Lealman

 Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri held a press conference this afternoon regarding the search for homicide suspect Jamaal D. Jenkins (6/16/87).  Jenkins is currently being sought for the murder of two people in Pinellas County.

 At the press conference Sheriff Gualtieri announced a cash reward in the amount of $50,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to the apprehension of Jenkins.  The reward will be funded by drug forfeiture money.

 Jenkins was last seen driving a newer model teal, 4-door Toyota Camry.

 Billboards, donated by Clear Channel Communications, with information pertaining to Jenkins and the vehicle will begin going up county wide starting this afternoon.

 It is believed that Jenkins is still in the area and considered an extreme threat to public safety.  He has recently made threats to harm various known acquaintances.  Should anyone see or come in contact with Jenkins, they are encouraged not to approach him but to contact the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office 727-582-6200, St. Petersburg Police Department 727-893-7780 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000, please contact Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).

****Prior releases below****


****1/15/13 Update to PCSO release 13-008****

Pinellas Detectives Conduct Homicide Investigation In East Lealman

Through their investigation, Pinellas County Robbery/Homicide detectives in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Police Department, have developed a suspect in last week’s East Lealman (La Quinta Inn) Homicide investigation.  A warrant for one count of 1ST degree Murder has been obtained for Jamaal D. Jenkins, 6/16/87.

Jenkins resides in St. Petersburg but his current whereabouts are unknown.  We are asking for the public’s help in locating him.   

The St. Petersburg Police Department is also looking for Jenkins for his involvement in a shooting yesterday within their jurisdiction (Mariners Pointe Apartments).

Anyone with information on Jenkins’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at 727-582-6200 or the St. Petersburg Police Department at 727-893-7780.

 See attached photo.

 ****1/8/13 Original release below****





Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Patrol Operations Bureau
-Robbery/Homicide Unit

Destynee Nekole Burkes
5309 Jersey Ave S
Gulfport, FL

What:  Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the La Quinta Inn (4999 34th Street North, Rm #120) yesterday afternoon to discover a female victim deceased in her room.  Homicide detectives believe foul play may have occurred and are currently following up on various leads.

Where:  La Quinta Inn
4999 34th Street North, Rm #120
St. Petersburg, FL

When:  Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the La Quinta Inn yesterday (1/7/13) afternoon at approximately 12:30 p.m.


Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the La Quinta Inn (4999 34th Street North, Rm #120) yesterday afternoon after motel staff discovered a female patron deceased in her room. 

The victim was identified to be Destynee Nekole Burkes of Gulfport, Florida. 

As crime scene specialists processed the room, it was discovered foul play may have been a contributing factor in the young woman’s death.

Homicide detectives are currently following up on several leads obtained from witness accounts and evidence collected at the crime scene.

The investigation continues.

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