Man charged with murder accused of shooting girlfriend in Miami Twp.

A man charged with murder is accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend earlier this month inside a Miami Twp. apartment before he fled to Tennessee, where he turned himself in to troopers.

Juvall Antonio Jenkins, 29, of Miami Twp., was booked Wednesday evening into the Montgomery County Jail after he was returned to Ohio from Knoxville. Murder and felonious assault charges were filed Dec. 18 against Jenkins in Miamisburg Municipal Court, which ordered that he be held without bail, records show.

The victim was identified Thursday as 29-year-old Kayla Davis by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Miami Twp. police were dispatched at 11:56 p.m. Dec. 17 to a report of a shot fired at Spring Hill Apartments, off Ohio 741, just north of Cox Arboretum and St. Henry Church.

Police used the trajectory of the bullet that struck the headboard of a bed to determine the shot was fired inside another apartment, according to an affidavit. The front door to that apartment was unlocked, and no one responded to police announcements to come out.

Officers determined from prior calls to the apartment that Davis lived there with her children and had a protection order against Jenkins, the father of the children, who also had lived there. Her car was parked outside, and a cellphone ping indicated her phone was last in the area of the apartment. Officers reached Jenkins, who said he had no idea where Davis or the children were, but police later learned the children were with their grandmother, the document stated.

Inside the apartment, police found Davis deceased in the bathroom off the master bedroom after she appeared to have been shot several times. Police also found four shell casings.

Dispatchers later were notified by the Tennessee State Highway Patrol in Knoxville that Jenkins pulled up to a trooper on the side of Interstate 40 East and said he shot and possibly killed his girlfriend in Ohio.

A Miami Twp. detective spoke to the trooper, who said “Jenkins told him the address the incident happened at … and gave his girlfriend’s name,” the affidavit stated.

Jenkins is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 6, according to jail records.

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