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Lanexa woman indicted in connection to 2019 murder of New Kent businessman

By Andre Jones | March 15, 2021 8:19 pm

A Lanexa woman has been indicted in connection to the murder of a New Kent businessman after a grand jury convened Monday morning in New Kent Circuit Court.

Misty Nicole Jenkins, 44, of the 15000 block of Pocahontas Trail, was indicted on one charge each of second-degree murder and firearm larceny.

In Dec. 2019, New Kent Sheriff’s Office received a call for service around 2 p.m. First responders arrived at the scene and located a male down. While medical aid was provided, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was later identified as Elmer Lee Stewart, a well-known lifelong resident and businessman of New Kent. He was 65 at the time of his death.

Authorities were able to find Michael Anthony Jenkins, 39, also of the 15000 block of Pocahontas Trail, and charged him with one count of second-degree murder, grand larceny, burglary, possession of a weapon by a non-violent felon, and two counts of firearm larceny. The indictment against Misty Jenkins alleges that she had some affiliation with the murder of Stewart.

No trial date for Misty Jenkins has been listed. A capias has been issued for her to be held without bond.

In other indictments certified by the grand jury:

–Jacob William Carr, 24, of the 5500 block of Ashland Farm Road, Quinton, on one count each of felony child abuse and malicious wounding. The offenses allegedly took place on Oct. 25, 2019.

–Charles Daniel Cochrane, 39, of the 9800 block of Crossover Road, Lanexa, on one count each of breaking and entering, abduction, and unlawful wounding. Cochrane allegedly committed the offenses on Dec. 26, 2020.

–Jennifer Denise Fisher, 44, of the 13000 block of James Drive, Lanexa, on two counts of assault and battery on a family member (third or subsequent offense). The offenses allegedly took place on Jan. 1, 2021.

–Aaron Dion Harrod, 23, of the 12000 block of Everest Park Lane, Woodbridge, on a lone count of possession of marijuana greater than one-half ounce but less than five pounds with intent to distribute. The offense allegedly took place on Dec. 11, 2019.

–Tyrese Lavell McEachern, 21, of the 600 block of W. 27th Street, Norfolk, on a single count of felony eluding of police. The offense allegedly took place on Oct. 14, 2020.

–Charles Samuel Pittman, 33, of the 7000 block of Bruce Academy Court, Mechanicsville, on one count each of felony eluding of police and misdemeanor DUI. The offenses allegedly look place on Jan. 4.

–Marques Raqua Stephens-Graves, 25, of 11 Settlers Lane, Williamsburg, on a lone charge of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. The defendant allegedly committed the offense on Nov. 21, 2020.

–Robert Malik Tharrington, 24, of the 2800 block of Eagle Trace Terrace, Richmond, on one count each of firearm larceny and misdemeanor tampering of a vehicle.

Tharrington had his case heard during the afternoon docket. He entered an Alford Plea of Guilt, signifying that while he maintains his innocence, evidence presented would be enough to convict him of the offenses.

In a summary of evidence, on Dec. 24, 2020, Tharrington broke into a vehicle belonging to William McTheny and stole a weapon from it. He was later arrested and charged for his actions after an investigation.

Under his plea, Tharrington received a five-year jail sentence with four years, nine months suspended (three months to serve) on the firearm larceny conviction. All 12 months on the misdemeanor tampering with a vehicle conviction were suspended.

–Gary Joseph Trites, 40, of the 100 block of Wilson Circle, Williamsburg, on one count each of grand theft auto, felony destruction of property, and firearm larceny. Trites allegedly stole the vehicle and firearm belonging to Heather Edwards on Dec. 13, 2020.