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Treshawn Markeese Jenkins

Treshawn Markeese Jenkins is accused of shooting into a crowd at a July 2016 cookout, killing one person and injuring another.

A jury is expected to reach a verdict on Friday in the murder trial of Treshawn Markeese Jenkins.

Jenkins, 23, of 818 Rush Street, Holly Hill, and three co-defendants are accused of murdering a 46-year-old Eutawville grandmother, Jackqueline Wright, and injuring a man on July 19, 2016.

They are also charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

The co-defendants are Matthew Kamin Brown, 21, of 186 Bridgewater Drive; Frank Jemerrl Jarzman Smoot, 21, of 163 Altamese Drive, both from Holly Hill, and Dwendell Lamont High, 25, of 124 Bullrun Drive, Summerville.

On Tuesday, another co-defendant, Za’Quan Markel Taste, 20, of 160 Big Oaks Drive, Holly Hill, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of murder and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

Taste was originally scheduled to be tried with Jenkins this week and agreed to a plea agreement before jury selection began.

Circuit Judge Ed Dickson sentenced him to 15 years in prison, suspended to five years of probation.

As part of the plea, Taste agreed to testify during Jenkins’ trial.

Jenkins’ trial began Wednesday. On Thursday afternoon, both the defense and prosecution rested their cases.

Taste was the driver of the vehicle that allegedly carried the five co-defendants to a Craig Street property where Wright and her family were having a cookout.

Taste testified on Thursday morning that he and the co-defendants were looking for a female who seemed to have gone missing.

Jenkins stated that he hoped a specific individual would not be at the cookout, Taste said.

Some of those gathered at the cookout reported that the female left about 30 minutes prior to their arrival.

The five co-defendants got back into the vehicle, Taste said.

Taste said as he was backing up, he saw the individual that Jenkins wanted to avoid.

According to Taste, that’s when Jenkins, Smoot and High exited the vehicle and fired shots.

Smoot and High fired shots into the air from handguns, Taste said.

Jenkins, however, fired multiple rounds from an assault rifle toward the common area of the cookout, Taste testified.

A bullet struck Wright in the head and killed her. Another bullet struck a man in the shoulder, but he survived.

Taste testified that neither he nor Brown had firearms with them and that he did not have prior knowledge that any of his co-defendants had violence in mind before they arrived at the Craig Street property.

Prosecuting the case are assistant solicitors Ashley Cornwell and Phil Giese.

Mitchell Farley is representing Jenkins.

If convicted of murder, Jenkins faces life in prison.

Contact the writer: or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter: @MRBrownTandD.


Staff Writer

Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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