District attorney to seek death penalty in Polk murder case

Published 3:10 pm Tuesday, November 20, 2018

District Attorney Greg Newman gave notice to the Polk County Superior Court that he intends to seek the death penalty in the first-degree murder case against Columbus resident Jeremy Lynn Bradshaw, of Red Fox Road.

Bradshaw is charged with murdering Karen Denise Jenkins, of Landrum, sometime between Nov. 15, 2017, and Nov. 17, 2017.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Department previously stated in a public press release that its investigation began as a missing person’s report. They attempted to locate Jenkins, who had been reported missing since early November 2017. Her body was located on Feb. 23, 2018, on property owned by Bradshaw’s relatives.

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Bradshaw was indicted for first-degree murder by the Polk County Grand Jury in September 2018. He is currently represented by Brevard attorney Tony Dalton and will be appointed a second attorney through the state’s public defender for capital murder cases.

Jeremy Lynn Bradshaw

“I am not at liberty to discuss the particular facts of the case while it is pending, but I can tell you that I am satisfied that at least one aggravating factor exists to support the death penalty if Bradshaw is convicted of first-degree murder,” Newman said.

A trial date has not been established at this time. Bradshaw remains incarcerated in the Polk County Jail with no bond.


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