Psychiatric hospital won't accept murder convict

Aug 4, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A state psychiatric hospital is refusing to accept a man who faces the death penalty for killing four people in Omaha last year.

Judge Peter Batallion on Monday ordered a new hearing to try to find a facility that can restore Nikko Jenkins to competency in the murder case.

Jenkins was convicted of killing four people in Omaha but was declared incompetent last month to face the sentencing portion of his case.

Batallion ordered Jenkins to the Lincoln Regional Center for treatment. Doctors from the state hospital have testified that they believe Jenkins is feigning mental illness.

Batallion's order says he wishes hospital officials had made their intent known and suggested other options during a hearing last month.

The judge says he'll consider other locations, including those out of state.

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