LOCKPORT, NY (WIVB)- A Niagara County jury is expected to hear closing arguments Wednesday morning in the case against 36 year-old Andre Jenkins.
The Kingsmen motorcycle club member from Florida is accused of killing two men behind the Kingsmen clubhouse in North Tonawanda in September of last year.
The prosecution has contended he came to North Tonawanda on a mission to kill DJ Szymanski and Paul Maue allegedly because one had defected to another motorcycle club. One witness told the jury she rode on the back of Jenkins motorcycle as he disassembled a handgun in two parts and tossed it to the side of the 219 in the Boston hills shortly after the murders. Police searched for days and found what they believe to be that murder weapon in a ditch but it had no DNA on it.
Defense attorney Dominic Saraceno also stresses that Jenkins DNA was not found in the car where the two men were found dead. The defense today replayed a 911 call in which a man who wouldn’t give his name says “I have a couple guys that got shot, Kingsmen clubhouse”, but the defense claims in the background you can hear someone else saying, “Don’t call yet.”
The jury has the option of convicting Jenkins of first degree murder, which carries a sentence of life without parole. Closing arguments are set to begin in the Niagara County Courtroom of Hon. Sara Sheldon.