Prosecutor Seeks To Revoke Prior Sentence of Probation For Man Facing Murder Charge

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Rodney "Big Head" Jennings in court with attorney Garth Best in front of Judge Gary Starnes
Rodney "Big Head" Jennings in court with attorney Garth Best in front of Judge Gary Starnes

Prosecutor Dave Denny on Tuesday asked that a man who is facing a murder charge have to do time on a prior case in which he received probation.

He said Rodney "Big Head" Jennings did 11 months and 29 days on a domestic assault, but he got probation on a vandalism conviction and now should have to do that time.

General Sessions Court Judge Gary Starnes said he will consider the request on April 15 when Jennings is set to have a preliminary hearing. The case was delayed on Tuesday because the attorney for Jennings, Garth Best, found that he had a potential conflict of interest. The public defender's office got out of the case earlier.

Jennings was on the TBI's 10 Most Wanted List until he was captured recently.

Judge Starnes set a no bond on the new petition. Jennings is already under a $1 million bond for the murder case and $20,000 on a weapons charge.

Witnesses said Jennings shot and killed an unarmed man after he was told to leave a residence at 2755 6th Avenue Court.

Jennings, 27, was taken into custody this week at an apartment complex in Memphis.

He is charged with the first-degree murder of 25-year-old Raphael White on Jan. 28.

Witnesses said White came to the residence to see his children. They said after he stepped into the kitchen he was told that the children were asleep and he should leave.

Police said they were advised that White told Jennings he did not want any problems, but just wanted him to leave.

Jennings then said he also did not want any problems and he walked backwards out of an inner door, it was stated.

However, witnesses said as White was closing the door Jennings fired a shot that struck him in the chest.

Jennings fled toward 4th Avenue.

 


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