Former Pike Co. Deputy turns himself in on additional charges

WAVERLY, Ohio (WCMH)– Former Pike County Deputy Joel Jenkins, who is accused of killing his neighbor when his gun discharged, has turned himself in to authorities on additional murder charges from an incident in March.

Jenkins has been charged with murder and reckless homicide in the March 28 death of Robert Rooker. Dan Tierney with the Attorney General’s office said a physical assault occurred between Rooker and Jenkins before the shooting that led to the elevated murder charge.

No information was released about what happened at the scene of Rooker’s death.

Deputies involved said Rooker rammed their cruisers with his pickup truck.

Jenkins was also indicted by the special Grand Jury on charges in the December 3 death of his neighbor Jason Brady. Jenkins had a gun specification added to his involuntary manslaughter charge and is now also charged with reckless homicide with a gun, and tampering with evidence. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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