Plea deal expected in deadly Portland crash

Jay Taylor Jenkins arrested after search warrant in Southeast Portland

Jay Taylor Jenkins, 24, is walked to a Portland Police Bureau squad car in Southeast Portland (KOIN)
Jay Taylor Jenkins, 24, is walked to a Portland Police Bureau squad car in Southeast Portland (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A man will plead guilty Monday to a hit and run that killed a 60-year-old man in February 2014 in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood, his attorney said.

Jay Taylor Jenkins shown in a jail booking photo (Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office).
Jay Taylor Jenkins shown in a jail booking photo (Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office).

Douglas Norman Miller, 60, was killed Feb. 15, 2014 as he stood in the crosswalk at Southeast 124th and Powell Boulevard. Two days later, members of the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division Major Crash Team executed a search warrant in the area of Southeast 141st and Center Street.

Officers had gotten an anonymous tip that the vehicle involved in the hit and run was being stored in a detached garage.

Officers recovered the green 1995 Subaru station wagon and arrested Jay Taylor Jenkins and Jerin Nigel Crabtree.

At the time of his arrest, Jenkins told police that he did not know he had hit someone. He told police “I was in shock,” court records show.

Surveillance video from the night captured parts of the crash, court records show.

In May, a grand jury chose not to indict Jenkins with any manslaughter charge because officers needed additional evidence.

Crabtree eventually met with police, prosecutors and his defense attorney, telling them that he and Jenkins had spent much of the day at strip clubs drinking.

A grand jury re-indicted Jenkins in August on charges of second-degree manslaughter, misdemeanor driving while under the influence of intoxicants, hit and run, hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence.

Jay Taylor Jenkins' vehicle being towed after a search warrant in SE Portland. (KOIN)
Jay Taylor Jenkins’ vehicle being towed after a search warrant in SE Portland. (KOIN)

Court records show Jenkins is scheduled to change his plea Monday at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Alicia A. Fuchs. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has declined to comment on the matter. Amy Margolis, Jenkins’ attorney, said her client will plead guilty to charges of criminally negligent homicide, DUII and failure to perform the duties of a driver. He will be sentenced to 48 month prison with credit for time served at a later date, Margolis siad.

In August 2014, Crabtree plead guilty to one count of hindering prosecution. He served 45 days in jail. Crabtree was also sentenced to three years of probation. While on probation, Crabtree is not allowed to consume alcohol or intoxicants, enter any bar or OLCC licensed event

Jenkins, who resides in Hood River, Ore., has been allowed to remain out of custody pending the conclusion of the case.

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