Shooting victim’s story to be focus of ‘The First 48’ show
The story of 25-year-old Crystal Jenkins – who was reportedly shot to death in Dallas late last year just prior to her expected testimony in Union County Circuit Court – will be featured this week in the A&E network program "The First 48."
The show is about homicide detectives attempting to solve murder cases ing through quick establish leads. - Crystal Jenkins The episode, "Silenced," will air tonight at 8 p.m., and again on Friday at midnight, according to scheduling information provided by the network’s web site. A&E is on local cable channel 29 in El Dorado.
The basis for the program stems from the "beat-the-clock" mentality of detectives, who know their chance of solving a case is cut in half if they don’t get a lead in the fi rst 48 hours of a homicide.
The reality show takes viewers behind the scenes of investigations with access to crime scenes, autopsies and interrogations.
Detectives Bob Ermatinger and Ken Penrod investigated the Jenkins’ murder in the White Rock Lake area of Dallas, according to the web site.
Authorities have said their prime suspect in the case is Lavelle D. Evans, 28, who was sen tenced to an 80-year prison term following his drug conviction last November in El Dorado. Evans was out on parole from federal prison at the time of Jenkins’ disappearance.
Jenkins was found dead in Dallas around the time she would’ve testifi ed at Evans’ state trial last October. Her death delayed the trial un til November and her sister, also facing drug charges, agreed to testify against Evans for the state.
Evans’ brother, Johnny Frank Evans, is sched uled for a jury trial on drug charges starting Monday.