The letter was titled “Game Plan.” In the three handwritten pages, Joevan Joseph detailed the hours leading up to when he shot and killed mother-of-three Makeva Jenkins in her suburban Boynton Beach home, according to Chief Assistant State Attorney Adrienne Ellis.
Along with the letter, surveillance-camera footage and a recorded conversation, among other evidence, show Joseph was the masked gunman who killed the 33-year-old entrepreneur, Ellis argued in court Friday.
Judge Laura Johnson denied Joseph’s request for bail Friday morning as he waits for his first-degree murder trial to begin. Joseph, 20, was arrested in September 2017 in connection to the June 29, 2017, fatal shooting of Jenkins at her home near Hypoluxo and Lawrence roads.
Euri Jenkins, Makeva’s husband, was arrested in December of that year and charged with first-degree murder. Investigators said Makeva was shot and killed by a masked man who made his way into the home early that morning. In court Friday, prosecutors presented new evidence alleging that Euri Jenkins paid Joseph to kill his wife.
Joseph’s attorney, Thomas Weiss, asked that his client be given a small bond and be placed on in-house arrest. He said the state’s witness, Dametrius Dale, should not be considered credible because he admitted to lying to the investigators at least three times before telling some of the truth about the homicide and has not been arrested for perjury or obstructing justice. Dale was at the home the morning of the fatal shooting.
“A woman (was) murdered in her sleep with her children in the house,” Weiss said. “And just a few minutes after this has happened in your presence and you don’t tell the truth? That’s not a credible witness.”
Dale, 20, said he has known Euri Jenkins for nearly his entire life and has known Joseph for several years.
Days before the shooting, Jenkins reportedly had asked Dale if he thought Jenkins was crazy to hire someone to kill a person. First, Jenkins said it was his father he wanted dead, but then said it was his wife, Dale recalled. He allegedly told Dale he realized he didn’t love her anymore.
The day before the shooting, Dale said he went over to the Jenkins’ home with Joseph and that’s how Euri Jenkins and Joseph met.
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During the early morning hours of June 29, 2017, Dale said Joseph asked him to show him how to get to the Jenkins’ home. He asked Dale to drive ahead of him as he drove in his own car. At one point, Joseph parked his car outside the Jenkins’ neighborhood and got into Dale’s car. Dale said he refused to drive him, and that’s when Joseph pulled a gun on him.
Once they got to the home, Joseph and Jenkins spoke briefly, then Dale, Euri Jenkins and Makeva Jenkins’ brother went into the garage, where Euri Jenkins insisted on giving his brother-in-law a haircut, Dale said.
All of a sudden an armed and masked man — who Dale said he recognized as Joseph by his build, clothes and voice — told them all to get out of the home. Moments later, Makeva Jenkins was shot in the head and the masked man ran away.
“(Her brother yelled) they just shot her they just shot her,” Dale remembered. The brother-in-law’s name has not been disclosed.
After the fatal shooting, Joseph would tell Dale — as Dale recorded the conversation for law enforcement — that Euri Jenkins paid him $1,500 and gave him a handgun when they met the day before the shooting.
While Johnson agreed with Weiss that Dale’s testimony was “suspect,” she said there was testimony from Palm Beach County sheriff’s Detective Sean Oliver and the letter.
Oliver, the lead detective on the case, said that when he interviewed Joseph, the then-19-year-old said he was at the Jenkins’ home before the shooting, but he had left on foot and went to see a friend at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach.
In security-camera footage from the neighborhood where the Jenkins family lived, there was only one person seen walking in and out of the neighborhood during the time period Joseph said he was there, Oliver said. And that individual appeared to be in medical scrubs and did not match Joseph’s physical description.
When Oliver and other investigators checked security footage from the hospital, he said he did see Joseph, but more than an hour after Joseph said he was there and hours after the homicide.
During their investigation, Oliver said Joseph’s mother turned over a letter she found in their home. The letter, titled “Game Plan,” goes over the meeting with Euri Jenkins and getting the money and gun. It’s unclear when or why the letter was written.
Additionally, Oliver said around July 5, 2017, six days after his wife was killed, Euri Jenkins called about one of the insurance policies Makeva Jenkins had in her name. Oliver said the life-insurance plan was worth $500,000, but Euri was not the beneficiary of that one.
Both Johnson and Jenkins have court dates for Sept. 28, according to court records.