Opening arguments wrap-up in 2016 Warren County murder trial

January 31, 2017 07:50 PM

QUEENSBURY -  Opening arguments have wrapped up in the murder trial of Robert Henry, one of two men accused in the death of Kevin Jenks last year.

It happened in July. What began with a posting on Craigslist ended in the death of a well-known, well-liked Glens Falls man. Jenks, 58, was found dead in the bedroom of his Dix Avenue home.

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Prosecutors say one of the two men responsible is 45-year-old Robert Henry. They say Henry answered a Craigslist ad Jenks posted, seeking sex with men. They say Henry showed up at Jenks’ house with his friend, Kevin Chapman, planning to steal from Jenks.

"Someone or someones put their hands around Kevin Jenks’ throat, squeezing it, crushing his cartilage, cutting off his blood flow and killing him in his own bed," argued Assistant District Attorney Matt Burin.

Burin told the jury that he doesn’t have to prove that it was Henry who caused Jenks’ death, that because it happened during the course of a robbery and burglary, both Henry and Chapman can be found guilty. Chapman, who already pleaded guilty, will testify against Henry.

"He got a deal and he took the deal and that’s where they came up with all these extra facts," countered Tucker Stanclift, Henry’s attorney.

Henry and Chapman are accused of stealing Jenks’ Cadillac and thousands of dollars worth of his belongings.

Testimony begins Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. The jury has been told to be prepared for a two to three week trial.

If Robert Henry is found guilty, he could be sentenced to life in prison as a persistent felon.


WNYT Staff

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