Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the conviction and sentence of Wilford Jenkins (DOB 11/10/72) for the death of his wife, Huletta.
Jenkins was indicted in November 2021 for Murder, Felonious Assault and Tampering with Evidence. He faced a maximum possible sentence of 15-years-to-life in prison.
On October 25, 2021, Officers located Jenkins and Huletta in their home, suffering from stab wounds. Investigators determined that Huletta had been stabbed in the chest and her throat was cut. There was also evidence of defensive wounds on her hands and arms. Huletta was pronounced dead at the scene. Jenkins had a relatively superficial knife wound on his neck and was transported to the hospital, where he survived.
A double-edged, fixed-blade knife was located on the floor between Huletta and Jenkins.
It was later determined that Jenkins had killed Huletta and the wound on his neck was self- inflicted.
On July 7, 2022, Jenkins pleaded guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter, Felonious Assault, and Tampering with Evidence. As a part of the plea agreement, Jenkins will serve 20 years in prison.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters commented, “I want to thank the Forest Park Police Department, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and my assistant prosecutors Jackie Stachowiak and K.C. Fischer. To get this result without having to put the family through the pain of a trial is something to be commended.
It is hard to imagine the last moments of this woman’s life. I hope this result can help bring closure to her family and loved ones.”