The former Bethany police captain involved in the botched investigation of a gruesome slaying has been charged with stealing drugs from police evidence.
Jack Ronald Jencks, 46, was charged Thursday with 10 felony counts of larceny of a controlled dangerous substance in Oklahoma County District Court.
Jencks investigated the slaying of 19-year-old Carina Saunders. Her dismembered body was found in a duffel bag behind a Homeland grocery store at NW 23 and Rockwell on Oct. 13, 2011.
Jencks is accused of taking prescription narcotics and other drugs from boxes and envelopes kept in the department's property room between March 2011 and March 2013, court records show.
His last name is spelled “Jenks” in court documents.
Jencks is accused of taking pills entered into evidence in 10 cases, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Don Faircloth wrote in a probable cause affidavit.
The discrepancies were discovered after the drugs were submitted to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for destruction last February.
In one instance, an envelope supposed to contain 34 1/ 2 pills, had only one full pill and one half pill along with six wood screws. The agent thought the screws were to mimic the sound of the pills and hide the fact that they'd been stolen, the affidavit states.
The evidence tape appeared to be intact on four of the envelopes, but microscopic analyses showed a razor had been used to open and reseal them, Faircloth wrote.
Only two other people reportedly had access to the police department's evidence room. Jencks was the last person to handle the evidence in all ten cases where pills were discovered to be missing, records show.
Jencks told investigators that he was responsible for submitting evidence to the OSBI lab and transporting it to the police property room until cases were adjudicated. He also said that he was the one who gathered evidence and took it to the OSBI for destruction, the affidavit states.
Jencks was fired last fall. He is a 20-year veteran of the police department who has been shot in the line of duty and suffered from work-related illness, defense attorney Michael Johnson said.
Jencks will have an arbitration hearing regarding his termination next month, he said.
Jencks will be booked into the Oklahoma County jail on Friday, but immediately post bail, Johnson said.
“Jack Jencks is a very highly-decorated and respected member of the Bethany Police Department. He absolutely denies being involved in these crimes, and we look forward to litigating this matter and proving his innocence,” Johnson said.
“He's no longer an employee and we did not do the investigation,” Bethany Police Chief Phil Cole said.
“It would be inappropriate for me to comment. I'll leave that to the OSBI and the district attorney,” Cole said.
Jencks was the police officer who wrote the probable cause affidavits in the first-degree murder charges brought against Jimmy Lee Massey Jr. and Luis Enrique Ruiz in connection with the Saunders slaying.
Massey and Ruiz were charged in July 2012.
The OSBI took over the case last February, and the murder charges against both men were dismissed that same month by District Attorney David Prater due to insufficient evidence.
The affidavits contained conflicting witness statements that did not match evidence in the Saunders case, sources said.