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DA to seek death penalty in case of man accused of strangling woman, hiding her body

Posted at 3:44 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 17:44:04-05

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    Polk County, NC (WLOS ) — District Attorney Greg Newman intends to seek the death penalty in the first-degree murder case against Jeremy Lynn Bradshaw of Columbus.

“I am not at liberty to discuss the particular facts of the case while it is pending, but I can tell you that I am satisfied that at least one aggravating factor exists to support the death penalty if Bradshaw is convicted of first degree murder,” Newman said in a Tuesday press release. Bradshaw is charged with killing Karen Denise Jenkins of Landrum, S.C., sometime between November 15, 2017 and November 17, 2017, and hiding her body in a well. The murder investigation began as a missing person’s report made to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies attempted to locate Jenkins, who had been reported as missing since early November of 2017.

During the course of the investigation, deputies discovered she was in a relationship with Bradshaw.

Her body was located on February 23, 2018 on property owned by Bradshaw’s relatives. In an interview with deputies, Bradshaw acknowledged that he put Jenkins’ body in an abandoned well on family property along Old Highway 19 in Columbus.

Court records state Bradshaw told authorities Jenkins overdosed and died at his house..

An autopsy revealed that Jenkins was strangled to death. Authorities said she is survived by five children.

Bradshaw was indicted for first-degree murder by a Polk County grand jury in September, 2018.

A trial date has not been established at this time. Bradshaw remains incarcerated in the Polk County Jail with no bond.

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