Slain trooper’s dad’s faith gets him through
MEMPHIS (AP) — Last Christmas, Norm Jenks had everyone work around his son’s schedule because the state trooper was traveling to Thompson’s Station from Memphis.
That was the last time he saw his son alive. Days later, 24- year-old Calvin Jenks was shot and killed after pulling over a car for speeding on state Highway 14.
“This is supposed to be a real happy time for your family,” Jenks said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
In trying to stay strong for his family, Jenks said he aims to follow his own advice to his son: always keep your faith.
“That’s exactly what he’d want me to do,” Jenks said. “I don’t want to give up on faith.”
That faith has been sorely tested this year.
Last week he sat through the first-degree murder trial of a Texas man accused in the shooting and was devastated when the jury convicted the man on a lesser charge.
Orlando Daniel Garcia, 20, was found guilty of facilitation of first-degree murder. He faces a prison term of 15 to 25 years.
Chevo Gauna, 18, the accused gunman in the slaying, is scheduled for trial in April.
“The funeral, or going through this trial — I don’t know which was worse,” he said.
Calvin was one of six siblings. His 12-year-old brother Corey left the courtroom in tears Wednesday when prosecutors showed a photo of Calvin’s body lying on the road.
More than once prosecutors showed jurors a video of Calvin’s death, taken by a camera in the trooper’s cruiser.
Norm Jenks had plugged his ears when the video played, but when jurors asked to see the video again on Wednesday, he stood in the back of the courtroom and listened.
“I just wanted to hear his voice one more time,” he said.
Published in The Messenger 12.17.07