Daily American Republic
A Poplar Bluff man pleaded guilty earlier this week to killing his father by striking him with a baseball bat. Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour says 29-year old Matthew Dale Jenkins pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder. After accepting Jenkins’ plea, Presiding Circuit Judge Fred Copeland set sentencing for 1 p.m. Oct. 27. Barbour is recommending 20 years at sentencing as he had agreed to a 20-year cap as part of plea negotiations. Barbour also agreed to dismiss Jenkins’ remaining charges, felony first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action. One of the circumstances influencing his decision was the death of Jenkins’ mother, who was the assault victim in the case. Vicki M. Jenkins, who had been injured critically, died Oct. 9. She and her husband, Carl Don Jenkins, had suffered massive head trauma after each was beaten in the head with an aluminum baseball bat inside their Wilson Street home Jan. 15, 2013. Carl Jenkins died 15 days later at Saint Louis University Hospital after family members removed him from life support. Butler County deputy coroner Mike Elliott’s testimony cites an autopsy that found Carl Jenkins had suffered “a blunt trauma injury, with brain damage, that resulted in brain death. Other testimony from law enforcement states that Matthew Jenkins, whose parents recently had kicked him out of the house, was upset over their alleged criticism of how he was living and he just snapped.