Man charged in Omaha slayings gets bench trial

Mar 25, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man accused of killing four people in Omaha last summer will have his fate decided by a judge, not a jury.

On Tuesday, Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon granted a request by 27-year-old Nikko Jenkins to waive a jury trial and have a bench trial.

Jenkins is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the August deaths of Juan Uribe-Pena, Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Curtis Bradford and Andrea Kruger. He has pleaded not guilty, and claims he didn't receive proper mental health treatment while previously in prison.

Earlier this month, Bataillon granted Jenkins' request to act as his own attorney in the case, although a public defender will provide him advice.

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