APPARENTLY, THE GRAND JURY WAS LIED TO IN THE JENKINS CASE
OLNEY—When a person lies while they’re under oath, that’s called perjury, and ordinarily, it’s punishable by jail time…you know, as a little reminder that you shouldn’t lie to a judge, a grand jury, or in general in a courtroom setting.
This, however, is Richland County….where plenty of infractions go unpunished, and where people who are just trying to keep the thugs and freaks out of their lives (and off their properties) are the ones who end up getting punished.
Such is the case in the First-Degree Murder trial of Brandon Jenkins, which picked back up again this morning, Monday, April 30, 2012. The first to the stand this morning, Stacy Muncy, literally shredded her own testimony from the grand jury held December 14, 2011, in the case….the grand jury that opted to indict Brandon Jenkins, a Marine and directional oil well driller from Houston, who was in Olney on November 20 when local thug Scott Earp was shot and subsequently died.
Muncy, 43, of West Liberty, ultimately testified that she was too drunk to remember much of anything….but everything she did recall was in direct opposition of testimony already given, and by people who were NOT drunk at the time. She claimed that she was on the northeast side of the canopy/awning at the Olney Super 8 when the gun went off, and while she didn’t SEE what happened, she HEARD gunshots and heart Scott Earp tell his brother, Flavius, that he’d been shot. Muncy claimed to have been about 10 feet away from the confrontation, and that the gunman (Jenkins) burst out the front door of the motel before firing.
However, when video was shown, it clearly showed Jenkins exiting the motel from the east door, not the front (which faces South) and doesn’t show Muncy in the frame at all—and it would have, had she been standing where she CLAIMED she was, both in court today and in the grand jury last year.
Questions and answers were read from the grand jury transcript by defense attorney John O’Gara, and he showed that Muncy claimed there were “three or four” gunshots. However, the tapes—multiple ones—clearly show that only two shots were fired.
By the time this was over with, it was becoming clear that the grand jury was lied to….but it got worse.
Amanda Buerster then took the stand, and through questioning stated that the gunman was in the northwest corner of the awning (not the northeast, from where Jenkins clearly came), and by the way she described it, SHE was between Jenkins and Earp when he fired….and between shots, she had talked to the gunman, trying to calm him down, telling him to put the gun away…oh, and had also gone to Scott Earp’s aid—after he’d stumbled/walked approximately 25 feet from the spot he was standing where he was shot until he collapsed in the flowerbed outside the motel doors—and had talked to him a bit.
O’Gara was priceless when he played the tape and counted the seconds between the shots—EIGHT—and asked her if she’d been able to do all that in eight seconds. She reiterated that she believed it was a “few minutes, or maybe a minute and half” between the two shots (the first of which, she claimed, shot Earp, the second, shooting Chris Arteberry). Of course, she didn’t account for the light-colored truck that clearly entered the video frame and drove across the motel lot at the exact spot she claimed she’d been standing (she wasn’t run over, incidentally) nor the fact that if the first shot had occurred in the time span she claimed it had, SHE would have been shot, as she claimed to have been between Jenkins and Earp.
Clearly, these people, apparently star witnesses for the state, were drunk, or perhaps stoned, when all this went down…maybe the state should have taken that into consideration before bringing them in. Testimony resumes at 1:30. More in a bit.
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