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Husband charged in wife's murder

Saturday, June 3, 2006

The husband of the woman found murdered May 23 near Deason was charged Friday with first degree murder in her death.

Rafael Jennings, 45, allegedly shot his wife, Rita Jennings, 36, once in the head in their home on the Joy Vail Allman property, Detective James Bonner of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said.

"We and the TBI (Tennessee Bureau of Identification) worked the case for two weeks," Bonner said.

The gun was recovered in a field near a store north of the Jennings' residence, Bonner said. Rita Jennings' car was found May 23, earlier in the day before her body was discovered, at a store about two miles from her home.

Computer checks showed Jennings, who is originally from Michigan, has arrest records in Nashville and Rutherford County, Bonner said. Jennings has not been arrested before in Bedford County.

Jennings is being held without bond at Bedford County Jail.

Lured to steal

Over $12,500 worth of fishing lures were stolen last week from a New Tullahoma Highway tackle store.

Custom Tackle was entered overnight Monday, according to a Bedford County Sheriff's Department report not released until Friday pending a complete list of missing items.

Entry was gained through a front window, the report said.

*A red 1989 Chevrolet truck owned by Robert D. Reed was stolen from his Dow Drive home between 3:30-5:30 a.m. Thursday, Shelbyville police said.

Jail intake

The following persons were arrested since Thursday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force and processed through Bedford County Jail. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts.

*Mindy Rene Ruiz, 25, Tanner Circle; child abuse/neglect/endangerment; released, $10,000 bond

*Jesus Costellos, 26, Depot Street; harassment; released, $500 bond

*Ernest Ray Hoover, 27, Green Acres Road; violation of sex offender registry; released, $10,000 bond

*George Scott Mason, 35, Deery Street; possession of schedule II drug, evading arrest, reckless endangerment; held, no bond

*Corey Carlos Garrett, 27, Carney Street; resist stop/frisk/halt/search, possession of schedule II drug, possession of schedule VI drug; held, $20,000 bond

*Julian Eymar Jimenez, 36, Green Lane; public intoxication; released, $500 bond

*David Gonzalez, 43, Antioch; public intoxication; held, $500 bond