Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suspect in Woman's Death Appears in Court; Man Faces Murder Charge in Separate Case; He Plans to Fight Charges

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suspect in Woman's Death Appears in Court; Man Faces Murder Charge in Separate Case; He Plans to Fight Charges

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Byline: Terry Dickson

BRUNSWICK, GA. | Raymond Michael Brasiel, 20, who is charged with murder in one slaying and accused of murder in another, told Glynn County Chief Magistrate Timothy Barton Monday afternoon that he wants to fight the charges in court.

In his initial appearance after his arrest Friday, Barton told Brasiel he is charged with murder in the Friday morning stabbing death of Bobby Lee Jenks, 50, and aggravated assault with intent to kill in the stabbing of Jenks' wife, Mickie Lee Jenks, at their home. Mickie Lee Jenks is in a hospital in Savannah, Barton told Brasiel, who was allowed to sit during the brief hearing after saying he was feeling ill.

"Also, there's an additional homicide charge coming,'' Barton told Brasiel.

That charge will be in the death of Amber Whited, 22, whose body police discovered Sunday at the intersection of Georgia 99 and Bladen Road in western Glynn County. Until Glynn County police Capt. Marissa Tindale and Lt. Tom Jump found her body Sunday afternoon in trees off the side of Bladen Road, Whited had not been seen since 11 a.m. Tuesday when she left work Golden-Isles Harley Davidson for lunch.

As Barton told Brasiel he had the rights to remain silent and to a lawyer, Brasiel said, "I've already told them that twice.''

Officers nonetheless kept questioning him, Brasiel said.

When Barton told him of his right to go to trial on the charges, Brasiel said, "I do want to fight it in court ... When can I speak to an attorney?"

Barton said he would make sure that the Public Defender's Office was informed Brasiel needed representation and told him he could not set bail on a capital murder charge.

Barton also said that he would conduct a preliminary hearing Aug. 2. At those hearings, police have to show that they have enough evidence to justify the charges, but Georgia law does not require preliminary hearings for those indicted by grand juries.

As he stood to leave the courtroom, Brasiel stumbled forward but deputy sheriffs caught him under the arms and lifted him back to his feet.

"He said he was dizzy,'' Sheriff Neal Jump said afterward.

ONE MISSED APPEARANCE

Because he was in custody, Brasiel made Monday's court appearance but missed one last week in Brantley County.

On the day before the Jenkses were attacked, Brasiel was due in Magistrate Court there to answer a charge of disorderly conduct. According to a citation, Brasiel "jumped on [his] brother-in-law'' on the evening of June 15.

"Now I know why he wasn't in court,'' Brantley County Magistrate Jeff Thomas told the Times-Union.

He was taken into custody at his family's mobile home at 2271 Murphy Road in the Waynesville community Friday as the Glynn County police and Brantley County Sheriff's Office investigated the Jenkses' stabbings.

In executing a search warrant of the house, Brantley County officers found ingredients for producing methamphetamine, investigator Craig Pittman said. …

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