Crime
6:16 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Judge finds convicted Omaha killer not competent

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a man convicted of killing four people in Omaha is not mentally fit enough to go through sentencing in the case.

Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon ruled Friday in the case of 27-year-old Nikko Jenkins. Jenkins has been awaiting sentencing for the August 2013 shotgun deaths of Curtis Bradford, Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Juan Uribe-Pena and Andrea Kruger in separate attacks.

The judge's ruling was based on testimony from psychiatrists in a hearing earlier this month. A defense psychiatrist testified that Jenkins suffers schizophrenia and perhaps a bipolar disorder. A prosecution psychiatrist said Jenkins acts out and is lying about his mental state.

Another hearing has been set for July 29 to discuss a plan to restore Jenkins' mental competency.

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