A man accused of killing a pregnant mother-of-three in a gun-for-hire assassination has issued a shock guilty plea, insisting it was the victim’s husband who ordered the hit.
Joevan Joseph, 21, entered the plea on Monday in relation to the fatal June 2017 shooting of Makeva Jenkins, who was gunned down inside her Boynton Beach home.
Reports at the time suggested that a masked gunman had forced his way into her residence in the middle of the night and shot her at point-blank range in the head while other family members were inside.
Joseph was arrested three months later, with his mother giving detectives a letter titled ‘Game Plan’ in which Joseph is said to have documented getting money and a gun from Makeva’s husband, Euri Jenkins, to carry out the shooting.
Joevan Joseph (above), 21, entered the plea on Monday in relation to the fatal June 2017 shooting, which saw Makeva Jenkins gunned down inside her home
Joseph said he was paid $1,500 by Euri Jenkins (right) to kill Makeva (left) in the middle of the night on June 29, 2017
Both Joseph and Jenkins faced first-degree murder charges until this week’s surprise guilty plea.
Now Joseph will get no more than 20 years in prison after agreeing to testify against Jenkins at trial.
Prosecutors have warned, however, that should Joseph’s testimony deviate from the one he gave them to broker the deal, the terms of the agreement will be thrown out, according to Chief Assistant State Attorney Andrienne Ellis.
Euri Jenkins’ attorney, Gregg Lerman, described the arrangement as ‘one of the sweetest deals’ he’s ever seen for a homicide, the Palm Beach Post reported.
He went onto protest his client’s innocence, saying there is ‘little to no evidence’ to suggest Jenkins was involved with his wife’s slaying.
Investigators from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office say that 33-year-old Makeva was fatally shot inside her home on June 29, 2017, after opening her front door of her home to a masked man at 2:00am.
Her death came hours after she penned a Facebook post detailing her journey from homelessness to earning multiple six figure sums in just two years.
Makeva's death came hours after she penned a Facebook post detailing her journey from homelessness to earning multiple six figure sums in just two years
Reports at the time suggested that a masked gunman had forced his way into her Boynton Beach home in the middle of the night, and ordered her three children out of the residence before shooting her point-blank range in the head
After founding The Prime Enterprise group, which is dedicated to helping small business owners, she wrote in the final post that she was 'in awe of how far,' her life has come.
Her family was initially worried that the post lead to her death.
'We overcame being homeless in 2013/2014 to reaching my six figure mark in 2015 to now making multi six figures,' she wrote.
'No matter what the road looked like, I followed my heart and stuck with it growing my business.'
At the time she was shot at least two of her three children were in the adjoining room - but they were not hurt. There were also two