Compromise struck in treatment of Omaha killer

Aug 13, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A judge has allowed a compromise that will see the state's psychiatric hospital staff treat a man found too mentally unfit to undergo sentencing for killing four people.

But Nikko Jenkins will not be housed at the state's psychiatric hospital. Instead, the Omaha World-Herald reports, Lincoln Regional Center doctors will treat Jenkins at a Lincoln prison, where he will be housed.

Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon said at a hearing Tuesday that the hospital staff will be solely responsible for restoring Jenkins to competency so he can participate in a hearing before a three-judge panel that will determine whether he receives the death penalty.

Bataillon allowed the compromise after officials testified Tuesday that the Lincoln Regional Center lacked proper security to house a dangerous killer.

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