Police: Truck driver charged with murder used pot hours before wreck

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Jenkins requests, later declines polygraph test

By Ben Carlson

The truck driver charged with murder in the vehicular death of Marie Garmon used marijuana in the hours leading up to the wreck last September, according to a report on file in Anderson Circuit Court.
Eric Jenkins, 42, of 208 Country Dr., Hustonville, was indicted in July following the wreck that claimed Garmon’s life.
Jenkins has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $50,000 cash bail.
In a supplemental report filed last week in Anderson Circuit Court, Trooper Hunter Martin wrote that after Jenkins was arrested July 23 and brought to the Lawrenceburg Police Department for questioning, the two discussed Jenkins’ alleged use of marijuana as well as his offer to take a lie detector test, which he later rescinded.
“Regarding the marijuana use, [Jenkins] told me that he smoked the marijuana two days prior,” Martin wrote in his report. “As the conversation continued he admitted that he had smoked marijuana around 12 a.m. the night prior.
“Later in the interview he admitted that the marijuana smoking may have taken place after midnight.”
Jenkins, who was a dump truck driver and had a commercial driver’s license at the time of the wreck, was also charged with driving under the influence.
According to Kentucky law, commercial vehicle operators can have no “detectable or measurable” amount of alcohol or controlled substances in his or her system while driving the vehicle.
Martin said after he told Jenkins he was charged with murder and read him his Miranda rights, Jenkins “became emotional and was unable to speak with me,” according to court documents.
Martin said he left Jenkins in a holding cell and returned a few minutes later to continue his conversation about the marijuana. During that time, Martin said that Jenkins requested to take a polygraph test.
Martin said the soonest he could arrange the test would have been several days later, but when he arrived at the Shelby County Detention Center to transport Jenkins for the test, Jenkins declined and stated he had been advised by an attorney not to take the test.
Jenkins, who was due to appear for a status hearing Tuesday in Anderson Circuit Court, was traveling east on Versailles Road when the dump truck he was driving struck Garmon’s mini-van head on near Starhill Way.