Newark Man Charged With The Murder Of 25-Year-Old Woman

Newark, Delaware – New Castle County Police have arrested 32-year-old Jerry Blankenship in connection with the death of 25-year-old Jaclyn Engman which occurred in the community of The Vining, according to New Castle County Police Spokesman JP Piser.

Jerry Blankenship
Jerry Blankenship

Piser said that on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at about 6:30 a.m., County Police were dispatched to the 700 block of Vinings way for a suspicious death. Upon arrival, officers located the deceased victim, Jaclyn Engman, suffering a gunshot wound.

During that time, Jerry Blankenship turned himself in at New Castle County Police Headquarters. He was detained without incident while police conducted an investigation, said Piser.

Major Crimes Squad detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Detectives conducted searches of the scene as well as Jerry Blankenship’s residence in the 600 block of South Harmony Road in Newark. Through the investigation, detectives recovered evidence implicating Jerry Blankenship in Jaclyn Engman’s death, according to Piser.

Jerry Blankenship was charged with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was arraigned and committed to Young Correctional Institution after failing to post $1,060,000.00 cash-only bail.

Image Credits: New Castle County Police


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