Omaha killer to be sent to psychiatric hospital

Jul 29, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A judge has ordered a man convicted of killing four Omaha people last summer to a state psychiatric hospital for treatment in an effort to restore his mental competency to undergo sentencing.

The decision came Tuesday in a brief hearing before Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon held after the judge found earlier this month that Nikko Jenkins was not mentally fit enough for a sentencing hearing.

Jenkins pleaded guilty and was convicted in April of four counts of first-degree murder for the August 2013 shotgun deaths of Curtis Bradford, Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Juan Uribe-Pena, and Andrea Kruger in separate attacks.

Public defender Tom Riley and Douglas County prosecutor Don Kleine both agreed that Jenkins should be sent to the Lincoln Regional Center.

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