2 linked to death of Curtis Jenkins III held for trial

David Madden
July 11, 2019 - 1:31 pm
Two men are ordered held for trial in Camden County: one for the kidnapping and murder of the grandson of Camden City Council President Curtis Jenkins, and the other on related robbery charges.

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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Two men are ordered held for trial in Camden County: one for the kidnapping and murder of the grandson of Camden City Council President Curtis Jenkins, and the other on related robbery charges.

Not only were family and friends of victim Curtis Jenkins III in attendance, South Jersey political power broker George Norcross showed up to give the elder Jenkins a hug.

Superior Court Judge Edward McBride held two hearings. In one, Brandon Beverly, the alleged killer, was depicted by assistant prosecutor Kevin Moran in stark terms, luring Jenkins to his death on a food delivery run.

“He used this innocent victim’s job to set him up, to trap him, to bind him, to kidnap him and ultimately to kill him,” Moran said in open court.

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Public defender Meg Butler pleaded for her client to be released on home monitoring.

“While I agree Mr. Beverly does have a fair number of prior convictions, not one of them was for a crime of violence,” she countered. “Mr. Beverly has never been convicted of any violent crime here or anywhere else.”

McBride sided with prosecutors, noting that Beverly had skipped out on court hearings before on less serious charges and given he faces the possibility of life without parole is he’s convicted, it’s possible Beverly might not show up. 

In a separate proceeding, Jalen Carr’s case was laid out: Two alleged robberies, one which netted a cell phone used in a ransom demand for ten pounds of marijuana, a ransom that was not paid.

Detectives are trying to link Carr to the kidnapping and murder case. Both men are held for a pre-trial hearing next month.

The victim’s grandfather spoke briefly after the two hearings.

“We’re here to see that justice prevails,” he told KYW Newsradio. “And that’s how we want it, through the system. Nothing else.”

And the elder Jenkins vows to be in court every step of the way.

"His goal was to open his own business. He loved to cook. He went to work every day. He wasn’t a street kid," he said.