A 25-year-old Ardmore man facing a stabbing assault charge who showed up for his preliminary conference a month ago without a lawyer was back in court for the same conference Thursday. This time Steven Jenkins was accompanied by local attorney Eric Jones.
During the conference, Jenkins announced he would claim his rights to a preliminary hearing. Special District Judge Carson Brooks scheduled the hearing for April 26 and Jenkins was returned to the Carter County Detention Center pending the posting of a $200,000 bond. Jenkins has been jailed since his apprehension by U.S. Marshals at a Wewoka residence Jan. 4.
Jenkins immediately fled Ardmore following the stabbing in the 1100 block of C Street SE, that left the victim suffering from seven stab wounds. Detective Matt Dunn, Ardmore Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, had obtained a warrant for Jenkins’ arrest by Dec. 30. But Dunn said at the time he had requested assistance from the U.S. Marshal’s Service because it was believed Jenkins had fled the jurisdiction of the APD.
The day after his arrest, Jenkins made an initial appearance before Brooks in Carter County District Court. The judge set the conference for Feb. 25. He also instructed Jenkins if he could not afford an attorney he was to fill out a request to have a lawyer appointed to represent him prior to his February conference. However, the case derailed last month when Jenkins appeared but had failed to correctly file a request for indigent defense. Jenkins application for indigent defense was finally correctly filed March 9  and the conference reset for March 17.