ST. LOUIS — Police are holding an Illinois man on an assault charge after finding his new wife dead at the bottom of a parking garage near Busch Stadium after Saturday's Cardinals-Cubs game.
Bradley S. Jenkins, 30, of Taylorville, Illinois, was charged Monday with third-degree domestic assault, a felony, in the death of Allissa L. Martin, 27. Both were Illinois prison guards.
Police found her bloodied body about 1:45 a.m. on the ramp of the Stadium East parking garage at 200 S. Broadway, just east of Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis.
Straddling Martin's body, Jenkins was "agitated and appeared to be intoxicated" when police arrived after getting a 911 call reporting the woman's fall, court documents say.
Police found Martin's cellphone on the seventh floor of the garage, its video camera still rolling, charges say.
"The recording showed her pointing the camera toward herself," Detective Mark West wrote in a probable cause statement. "She then turned the camera toward this defendant and he was shown on camera. They were arguing."
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Martin can be heard on the recording yelling at Jenkins to stop punching her face, charges say. She then dropped the phone.
"Shortly after that, you hear her scream as she falls," West wrote.
Jenkins told police he and Martin were married May 22 in Las Vegas, charges say. He told police their co-workers had accompanied them to the Cardinals-Cubs game at Busch Stadium and that they had argued during the game.
West said Jenkins "told me several lies" including claims that he hadn't been on the garage roof with Martin and that they hadn't become physical, charges say. The cellphone video and audio refute those claims.
Police said they are continuing to investigate Martin's death. An autopsy was being conducted.
Jenkins and Martin were employees of the Illinois Department of Corrections, a spokeswoman said. Jenkins is a lieutenant hired in June 2010. He earns $41,400 a year. Martin was a corrections officer hired in March 2017. She earned $26,200 yearly.
Bail for Jenkins was set at $100,000 cash-only.