Pa. man ac­cused of cut­ting brake line faces mur­der charge

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - News -

SCRAN­TON, Pa. — A Penn­syl­va­nia man ac­cused of cut­ting the brake lines in his girl­friend’s car in an ef­fort to get a piece of pipe to use for smok­ing crack has been or­dered to stand trial on crim­i­nal homi­cide charges af­ter she died in an en­su­ing car crash.

De­fense at­tor­neys ar­gued Fri­day that John Jenk­ins, 40, should face a lesser charge in the Aug. 22 death of 38-year-old Tammy Fox, The (Scran­ton) Times-Tri­bune re­ported.

At­tor­ney Jody Kali­nowski ar­gued in Lack­awanna County that the Dun­more man should face “man­slaugh­ter at best” since “there’s not one shred of ev­i­dence that this was an in­ten­tional killing.”

As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Brian Gallagher, how­ever, said in­tent to kill is in the case’s “facts and cir­cum­stances.”

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