Police investigating the murder of teenage boy Billy-Jo Jenkins are pursuing a new farce of evidence in hopes of a breakthrough in the COLD case.
The 13-year-old was murdered on February 15, 1997 by driving an 18-inch stake into a metal tent in the yard of her new home.
Police will review evidence from the Billy-Joe Jenkins murder investigation every two years in hopes of finding her killerCredit: PA:Press Association
The teenager was beaten to death with tent sticks as he was painting the courtyard doors of his new homeCredit: PA:Press Association
Foster father Sion Jenkins was jailed for her murder but was officially acquitted in 2006 when the two trials ended in a hung jury.
Earlier this year, Sussex Police announced a forensic review to see if scientific advances could provide new evidence 25 years after the horrors.
And the trials have been going on for about six months, the force told The Sun.
A spokesman said Billy-Joe’s murder would be reviewed every two years to see if the killer could ever be caught.
“At this time there is no new information in this case and it will not be re-investigated,” he said.
“However, as part of the regular evaluation process, we are conducting a forensic review of material conducted on the case to determine whether scientific advances may provide new evidence or lines of inquiry.”
Billy-Joe was killed while painting the courtyard doors in the garden of his care home on Lower Park Road, Hastings, East Sussex.
When Mr. Jenkins returned early from a trip to a hardware store with his two eldest daughters, they were found wounded in a pool of blood.
After the murder, 148 small bloodstains were found on Mr Jenkins’ trousers and fleece jacket.
Prosecutors later argued that their size and distribution matched the “impact spatter” sprayed during the frenzied attack on Billy-Joe.
The defense argued that Billy-Jo inhaled a fine stream of blood on his foster father as he rushed to his aid after his death.
Mr. Jenkins’ then-wife, Lois, did not appear as a prosecution or defense witness at the first trial or his first unsuccessful appeal.
After her initial conviction, she divorced him and fled the country with her four biological daughters.
However, she flew back in 2004 and 2006 to testify at her trials.
Mr Jenkins, who served six years in prison, has always maintained his innocence.
They claim that a hunter could be responsible for the murder.
Police have arrested a mentally ill man for murder.
He tried to strangle the arrested officer.
He was thrown out of the investigation based on forensic evidence.
Anyone with information that could lead to new lines of investigation can contact Sussex Police and call 101, quoting Operation Cathedral.
Billy-Jo’s foster father, Sion Jenkins, was charged with murder but was officially acquitted in 2006. Photo credit: Gary Stone – The Sun
Mr. Jenkins has always maintained his innocence. He said he was returning from a trip to a hardware store with his two daughters to find Billy-Joe dying in the gardenCredit: PA:Press Association
Mr Jenkins spent six years in prison before being officially acquitted when two trials ended in a hung juryCredit: PA:Press Association