Crime
2:24 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Feb. 12 competency hearing set in Omaha killings

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A judge has set a Feb. 12 hearing to rule on whether a man accused of four Omaha slayings is competent to stand trial.

Twenty-seven-year-old Nikko Jenkins is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Juan Uribe-Pena, Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Curtis Bradford and Andrea Kruger. The four were killed within three weeks of Jenkins' release from prison on July 30.

A state Ombudsman's Office report released Tuesday said prison officials should have done more to get treatment for Jenkins.

Jenkins has pleaded not guilty but has said he wants to change his plea to guilty. The judge has said he won't consider a plea change until he determines whether Jenkins in competent for trial.

A psychiatrist working for prosecutors says Jenkins is competent. A defense psychiatrist says Jenkins is not.

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