Crime
3:00 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Judge weighs competency of Omaha killing suspect

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A judge is weighing testimony to determine whether a man accused of killing four people in and around Omaha last summer is competent to stand trial.

Nikko Jenkins is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Juan Uribe-Pena, Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Curtis Bradford and Andrea Kruger. Prosecutors say the four were killed in three separate ambushes over a 10-day period in August, days after Jenkins' release from prison on July 30.

Jenkins has pleaded not guilty. In November, he declared he wanted to plead guilty to the charges, but had changed his mind by late January, saying he is mentally ill and should be released from jail.

A psychiatrist working for prosecutors testified on Wednesday that Jenkins is competent. A defense psychiatrist testified he is not.

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