Rock Hill man kills ex-roommate after fight over dog, family says

Credit: York County Sheriff's Office

Suspect Vincent Bratton


by DIANA RUGG / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on January 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 11:00 PM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A man wanted for a home invasion and murder near Rock Hill Sunday morning is behind bars in York County.

York County Sheriff's Office said Vincent Alfonso Bratton, 26, turned himself in at the Moss Justice Center around 6 p.m. Sunday after spending the day on the run from police.

He is charged with the murder of Shannon Jenkins, 31, in his home on Neely's Store Road.

Carl Jenkins rushed to Rock Hill from his home in Charleston after hearing about his son’s murder from his daughter.

“She said he got shot in the house, somebody broke in the house and shot him,” said Jenkins. 

Jenkins said investigators told him that his son had heard someone in the house around 1 a.m. and got out of bed to investigate.

He was shot as he approached the man coming up the stairs – a man Carl Jenkins said he knew, because it was his former roommate, Vincent Bratton.

Jenkins said Bratton had lived in the home with his son for about two years, and the two recently had argued over a dog Shannon Jenkins accused Bratton of taking.

The murder hits Shannon Jenkins’s fiancée, Channon Forte, especially hard.  She said Jenkins was a good father to his five children.

“He was too young,” said Forte Sunday afternoon.  “The violence has got to stop. It's got to stop. It's not worth it.”

Forte knew Bratton, too.

“He lived with us two years in our home, and you come and do this,” she asked, if speaking directly to Bratton.  “He was your friend.”

Forte didn’t know Bratton had been arrested Friday on drug charges, carrying a pistol, and driving under the influence.  He was placed under a $30,000 bond and got out Saturday, just hours before the murder.

She’s angry about what happened next–that the man who made friends with her children is now accused of murdering their father, and spending the day running from police.

“How could you do that to their father,” she asked angrily.

Even though Bratton is in jail, investigators are still looking for information in Jenkins’s murder. 

Anyone with information should call the York County Sheriff’s Office at 803-628-3059 or York County Crimestoppers at 1-877-409-4321.