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Reward offered for help finding suspect in Lealman, St. Petersburg killings

LARGO — The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of 25-year-old Jamaal Jenkins, who is wanted in connection with two "execution-style" killings this month.

Jenkins is accused of shooting Destynee Nekole Burkes, 24, and Tieyannie Dewitte Hollis, 31, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said at a news conference Thursday.

On Jan. 7, deputies discovered Burkes — Jenkins' on-again, off-again girlfriend — in an east Lealman hotel room with a gunshot wound to the back of her head. Deputies say Jenkins, who was seen leaving the hotel room, drove to Orlando in a silver 2012 Chrysler 200 that Burkes had rented.

But they have reason to believe he is back in Pinellas County.

On Monday, St. Petersburg police officers found Hollis at the Mariners Pointe Apartments, also with a gunshot wound to his head. He and Jenkins had been fighting over Burkes, according to authorities.

Gualtieri said Jenkins is still in the St. Petersburg area and is moving from hotel room to hotel room. He is now driving a teal Toyota Camry with stolen tags, he said.

Jenkins has vowed he will not go back to prison and has indicated that he may kill again, Gualtieri said.

Billboards showing information about Jenkins and the vehicle will be put up around the county, Gualtieri said.

Anyone with information about Jenkins' whereabouts is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office robbery/homicide unit at (727) 582-6200, but should not approach Jenkins, Gualtieri said.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000, tipsters can call Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.

Reward offered for help finding suspect in Lealman, St. Petersburg killings 01/17/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 17, 2013 10:33pm]
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