UPDATED 9:32 a.m. EDT, June 28 –
The brother of NFL star Janoris Jenkins has been charged in the death of a man whose body was found at Jenkins’ New Jersey home on Tuesday (June 26) morning.
William H. Jenkins, 34, of Fair Lawn, was arrested and charged with manslaughter Wednesday in the killing of Roosevelt Rene, 25, a music artist and producer who was a family friend, the Bergen County prosecutor’s office said, according to The Associated Press. Jenkins’ brother, who lived at the Fair Lawn home, is in custody at the Ontario County Jail in New York state.
William Jenkins was arrested on drug charges in 2006 and 2011. He was paroled from prison in July 2016, AP reported.
The investigation is ongoing.
More information has been revealed about the investigation into a dead body found at NFL star Janoris Jenkins‘ home in New Jersey on Tuesday (June 26) morning. A man, who was reportedly a family friend of Jenkins’, was discovered in the basement of the New York Giants cornerback’s house in Fair Lawn, according to NBC News.
Early reports suggested that authorities believed that foul play — strangulation or suffocation— was involved in the death. However, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office revealed the cause of death had yet to be determined.
The body was identified as Roosevelt Rene, 25, according to the prosecutor’s office, which is treating the investigation as a homicide. Rene had reportedly been staying at Jenkins’ home. Authorities did not comment on whether Jenkins, 29, was a suspect, and the cornerback was out of town when the gruesome discovery was made.
It is believed that Jenkins stayed in Florida after the end of the Giants’ minicamp on June 14, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Jenkins was made aware of the investigation and was advised by attorneys to remain in Florida, sources told ESPN.
Rene was a music producer, according to The Washington Post. He was also a hip hop artist going by the name Trypps Beatz, Giants Wire reported. Rene worked with Jenkins on music, often claiming to be the football star’s brother. An ESPN reporter said that a man claiming to be Jenkins’ brother caused a scene aboard a JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Newark, New Jersey Monday night and exited the plane because he was “too scared” to fly.
The Giants organization said they were following the investigation. “We are aware of and monitoring the situation,” the team said in a statement to WABC.