What was initially a murder investigation in California has changed direction, as the man whose body was discovered near an Antioch apartment complex last week was killed in an act of self-defense, according to prosecutors and police.
Police said officers responded to a report of a possible dead body near the entrance to an apartment complex in the 3400 block of Hudson Court around 8 a.m. on Friday.
Officers discovered the man, identified by the Contra Costa County coroner’s office as 22-year-old Nyjeah Jenkins, and saw that he had suffered at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jenkins was found with a handgun visible in his pocket, Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Mary Knox said.
Hours later, police arrested 19-year-old Jimmy Rider of Antioch on suspicion of murder in connection with Jenkins’s death, Knox said.
Rider was taken to county jail in Martinez, where he was held on $1 million bail.
Since that time, investigators have learned that Rider shot and killed Jenkins in order to defend himself, another person and his property, Knox said.
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What was initially a murder investigation in California has changed direction, as the man whose…
by Fred Demara / May 22, 2013