Man accused of stabbing girlfriend to death in front of child moving on to higher court on murder charges

Kristen Johanson
October 09, 2019 - 5:32 pm
Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia

KYW Newsradio, file

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death in front of her daughter will move on to the higher court on murder charges. The subject of a negotiated plea was brought up to the judge. 

Rashall Jenkins, 26, faces a murder charge and related offenses, as well as endangering the welfare of a child and corruption of minors, after authorities say Jenkins repeatedly stabbed Kimberley Wescott while she stayed at her friend’s house to get away from him. 

It happened in September at the house on Agate Street in Port Richmond.

Jenkins waived the preliminary hearing, and prosecutors told the judge they are in the very beginning stages of a possible plea negotiation — if the defendant pleads guilty to third-degree murder, they would drop the first-degree murder charge but the rest of the charges would stand.  

Attorneys for both sides say it’s in the best interest of the child, who witnessed the alleged murder, to keep her from testifying.

There is a policy within the district attorney’s office to offer a plea deal in each homicide case, which typically happens later in the court process.

Jenkins told the judge he takes medicine for a mental health issue.

His formal arraignment is scheduled for later this month.