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Man wanted in two murders extradited to Pinellas County

ST. PETERSBURG — Ex-fugitive and accused killer Jamaal Jenkins has returned to Pinellas County.

Jenkins, 25, was extradited Thursday from Louisiana, where he was captured earlier this year after a high-profile monthlong manhunt.

He faces murder charges in connection with the January slayings of his former girlfriend, Destynee Nekole Burkes, 24, and another man she was seeing, Tieyannie Dewitte Hollis, 31.

Burkes, a nursing student from Gulfport, was found dead Jan. 7 in a Lealman hotel room. She had been shot in the back of the head. Hollis was shot to death at a St. Petersburg apartment complex a week later.

Authorities quickly identified Jenkins as a suspect and launched a public effort to solicit tips on his whereabouts. They noted alleged statements he made about not wanting to return to prison.

In February, members of a U.S. Marshals fugitive task force tracked Jenkins to an apartment in Metairie, La., near New Orleans, where he was arrested.

He was booked Thursday in the Pinellas County Jail and held without bail.

Man wanted in two murders extradited to Pinellas County 05/09/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 9, 2013 9:21pm]
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