CLEARWATER – Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a convicted felon accused of killing his sometime girlfriend and a man she dated while he was behind bars, according to court documents made available today.
Jamaal Jenkins, 25, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail Thursday after he was extradited from Louisiana, where he was arrested in February. He faces two-counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Destynee Nekole Burkes, 24, of Gulfport, and Tieyannie D. Hollis, 31, of St. Petersburg.
They say he fatally shot his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Destynee Nekole Burkes, 24, of Gulfport, execution-style in a Lealman hotel room on U.S. 19 Jan. 7.
Two days later, Jenkins and Burkes, apparently back together, checked into the La Quinta Inn at 4999 34th St. N. shortly after 1 a.m. Less than 30 minutes later, Jenkins left Room 120 after shooting Burkes in the back of the head with a small-caliber handgun, according to court documents. She was found on the floor clutching a large purse.
On Jan. 14, a week after Burkes’ death, Jenkins shot Hollis outside the Mariner’s Pointe apartments at 1175 Pinellas Point Drive, about 12:25 p.m., the documents say. Hollis was on his way to a friend’s apartment to pick up some photographs of Burkes and a rose from her funeral.