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June 5, 2014

Fatal arson suspect transferred to Clark County jail

Teenager accused in New Albany fire has charges in pending in two counties

JEFFERSONVILLE — A teenager charged in the New Albany house fire that killed three children in January is now in Clark County to answer to a 2013 drug charge.

Kylie L. Jenks, 19, McDonald Avenue in New Albany, has been in the Floyd County Jail since Feb. 14 and is being held there under a $100,000 court-cash bond. She has been charged with class A felony conspiracy to commit arson resulting in bodily injury.

Jenks was transported from Floyd County to the Clark County jail Tuesday to appear in court for a possession of controlled substance, a class C felony charge. She received the charge in October after her arrest by the Jeffersonville Police Department.

While Jenks was being held in the Floyd County jail, she missed a court date in Clark County, which resulted in a warrant being issued for her arrest.

The drug charge stems from a Sept. 21 incident that also involved Shelby Makowsky — who recently was sentenced to 20 years in prison for her involvement in the fatal New Albany house fire, where a flare was shot through the window of the home.

An JPD officer was at the Clark County jail about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 21, and was asked to check on people outside the juvenile detention center disturbing the young inmates. The officer responded in a patrol car and heard voices coming from people hiding in the bushes.

According to the probable-cause affidavit, the officer located Jenks, then 18, in the area walking near a parked vehicle. The officer make contact with Jenks, who said the vehicle was hers, and that she had come to the area to pick up some friends.

The officer located a bottle of vodka in the vehicle. Jenks told the officer she had not been drinking, but then returned a .034 on a portable breath test. Jenks said she had come to the area with Makowsky.

A juvenile detention worker informed the officer that inmates in the facility had identified the people outside the jail as Jenks and Makowsky.

“[The juvenile detention worker] also reported that the suspects had broken the window from the outside of one of the cells,” according to he police report.

While searching Jenks’ purse in the vehicle, the officer located two prescription pills of Lyrica, a medication to treat seizures, anxiety and epilepsy, which can be taken for a recreational high.

Jenks was arrested at the scene for possession of the pills.

Makowsky was later located and charged with criminal mischief, according to the affidavit.

Jenks appeared in Clark County Circuit Court No. 2 on Wednesday, and a hearing was set for July 21. She remained in the Clark County jail as of Thursday afternoon.

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