The Mountain Eagle
Whitesburg KY

Trial won’t begin until late summer

Trial won’t begin until late summer

A jury trial set to begin this week for one of two people charged with murdering of a 40-year-old Partridge woman has been postponed until the end of this summer.

Because of a scheduling conflict, trial for Rosemary Fields McClain, of Ovenfork, has been rescheduled for August 25 in Letcher Circuit Court.

McClain’s boyfriend, Shannon Dewayne Garland, pleaded guilty March 3 to helping McClain murder Lisa Jenkins by stabbing her to death. The crime took place on March 22, 2005, inside a home Garland and McClain shared near U.S. 119.

Garland and McClain were arrested after the body of Jenkins, a mother of five, was found over an embankment on Little Shepherd Trail near the top of Pine Mountain.

Jenkins was murdered after she was robbed of prescription pain pills she had in her possession.

Garland has confessed to hiding the body of Jenkins after abandoning her automobile on Little Shepherd Trail. He also admitted to throwing away the murder weapon.

Formal sentencing for Garland is set for April 24 in Letcher Circuit Court.

Under terms of the agreement, Garland will be sentenced to life in prison for complicity to murder, 20 years in prison for firstdegree robbery, and five years in prison for complicity to theft by unlawful taking.

As part of the plea agreement Garland will testify against McClain in her jury trial.

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