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Columbus man charged in stabbing death of his brother, police say

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The Columbus Police Department in Columbus, GA, is looking to hire up to 100 police officers and 911 operators, or dispatchers. They hosted a hiring event at Goodwill Aug. 22, 2019, in hopes of filling the jobs.

A Columbus man has been charged with murder (family violence) and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime in the fatal stabbing of his brother at their home Tuesday morning, according to Columbus police.

Kenneth Jernigan, 36, was arrested after Columbus police officers found his brother, Kevin Jernigan, dead at 2710 King Street around 2 a.m. Tuesday following reports of a stabbing, police said.

Columbus Police Lt. Greg Touchberry said the two men were brothers and that both men lived at the King Street home.

Kenneth Jernigan was booked in the Muscogee County Jail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 29 at 9 a.m. in Recorder’s Court.

The Columbus Police Department is asking anybody that has any information about the murder to please contact Cpl. Matt Sitler at 706-225-4367 or Msitler@columbusga.org.

Nick Wooten is the Southern Trends and Culture reporter for McClatchy’s South region. He is based in Columbus, Georgia at the Ledger-Enquirer but his work also appears in The (Macon) Telegraph and The Sun Herald in Biloxi.Before joining McClatchy, he worked for The (Shreveport La.) Times covering city government and investigations. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
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