Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Victor Jennings death ruled a homicide
Yesterday, the YCSD finally acknowledged what we suspected all along. Victor Jennings was murdered. The Sheriff's PIO Elizabeth Jones made the announcement yesterday in a late afternoon, low-key press conference.
Jones said the coroner found the cause of death was a single stab wound, but wouldn't give any more details about the fatal injury or the murder weapon. Sounds like the YCSD still has a few cards they're waiting to play on this one.
Of course, Victor Jennings was on house arrest, awaiting trial for extorting Michael and Samantha Hawke. And as we all know, the fabulous duo have been in our little burg for the last couple of weeks, hitting the hot spots, making appearances at the Oxford Film Festival, and supposedly scouting locations for an upcoming movie.
What everyone is wondering and no one in the know is talking about is what exactly Victor Jennings was blackmailing them about. Smart money is on those rumors that have been dogging Michael Hawke his whole career, but it could be anything. Nobody keeps secrets better than A-list celebs.
But it's no secret that the Hawkes were in town before Jennings was killed. Could that be why the YCSD is being so tight-lipped about this investigation?
Not that there aren't plenty of other people who had it in for Jennings from what we hear. There have been some whispers sexual assault allegations against him, but Yoknapatawpha County officials won't say whether they're investigating anything like that. Jennings' lawyer Tom Eldon has been quick to say to anyone who'd listen that he's "certain that his client would have been found innocent of any and all charges."
It sounds like a lot of suspects, but what evidence does the YCSD have? We hope it's more than they've said, or they may never catch the killer. Good luck, detectives.
By Kemper Jones at 11:35 AM