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Man Charged After Wife Records Fight Ending With Deadly Fall

By The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS—A newlywed prison guard has been charged with assault after his wife recorded a fight that ended with her being found dead at the bottom of a parking garage near the stadium where the St. Louis Cardinals play.

Thirty-year-old Bradley Jenkins, a lieutenant for the Illinois Department of Corrections, is jailed on $100,000 cash-only bond on the third-degree domestic assault charge. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

After his wife, 27-year-old Allissa Martin, was found dead over the weekend, police found her cellphone on the seventh floor of the garage, its camera still recording, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

“The recording showed her pointing the camera toward herself,” Detective Mark West wrote in a probable cause statement. “She then turned the camera toward this defendant and he was shown on camera. They were arguing.”

Martin, herself a corrections officer, can be heard on the recording yelling at Jenkins to stop punching her face, according to court documents. She then dropped the phone.

“Shortly after that, you hear her scream as she falls,” West wrote.

When police arrived, Jenkins was straddling Martin’s body and “appeared to be intoxicated,” court documents say.

Jenkins, who’s from the Illinois town of Taylorville, told police he and Martin were married May 22 in Las Vegas, charges say. He told police their co-workers had accompanied them to the Cardinals-Cubs game at Busch Stadium where they argued. West, the detective, said Jenkins “told me several lies” including claims that he hadn’t been on the garage roof with Martin and that they hadn’t become physical.

Police said they are continuing to investigate Martin’s death. An autopsy was being conducted.

Florida Driver Who Killed 3 Teens Allegedly Smelled of Alcohol and Had Suspended License: Report

The driver who hit and killed three teens while they were waiting for a bus was allegedly driving with a suspended license and reeked of alcohol, Miami Herald reported.

Police have not yet formally identified the driver, but Miami Herald sources named the driver as 31-year-old Mariam Coulibaly, an exotic dancer with numerous driving-related citations on her record.

After the accident, she allegedly told medical staff she had been partying all night.

“I came from a black out. When I woke up I didn’t even know that I hurt people,” Coulibaly told the Miami Herald from her hospital bed.

“I shattered my chest,” she said. “I had surgery on my stomach; shattered my hip.”

The three teens—13-year-old Gedeon Desir, 15-year-old Lens Desir, and 17-year-old Richecarde Dumay—were hit at about 5:22 a.m. on May 25 as they were together on a sidewalk.

Investigators cited in the report estimate the woman was driving around 60 miles per hour before crashing into the victims. The teenagers died on impact.

According to Miami-Dade records via the Miami Herald, Coulibaly has received citations for 35 separate infractions in the last decade, including careless driving and running a red light.

‘Really Proud’

The three youths were members of the Little Haiti Soccer Club and were about to take a bus to a soccer tournament, reported CBS Miami.

A GoFundMe page for the boys said they were on their way to play in Weston alongside their friends as members of the under-18 and under-15 teams later that afternoon.

“Last time I see him, Friday night, just me and him going to a restaurant to eat. That was the last time and Saturday morning they call me and say my son dead,” Lens’ dad, Penel Jean Desir, told the media.

Pat Santangelo, a Little Haiti Football Club board member, told CBS Miami that all the three children were gifted athletes, had good values, and studied hard.

A picture of 13-year-old Gedeon Desir, 15-year-old Lens Desir, and 17-year-old Richecarde Dumay. (Little Haiti FC Soccer Club/GoFundMe)

“These three children were the type of kids that any parent would wish their child could be like. We were really, really proud of these three young men, they represented the Little Haiti community very well. They represented the City of Miami very well,” Santangelo said.

Surveillance footage showed grainy images of what happened that morning—the boys were walking on the sidewalk when a car came rushing toward them.

The driver survived the crash and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Epoch Times reporter Tom Ozimek contributed to this report