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Omaha murder suspect denied bond

Posted: Updated: Sep 5, 2013 05:09 PM CDT
Andrea Kruger Andrea Kruger

By: Lauren Fabrizi

Nikko Jenkins, the Omaha man charged with 4 shooting deaths made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon.  A Douglas County Court judge read Jenkins his charges and granted the request of the Douglas County Attorney to hold Jenkins without bond.

Family members of some of the victims, including Andrea Kruger, wife and mother of three and the final victim, said they came to see Jenkins in handcuffs.

"I had some real quick thoughts that I quickly let go, and not much after that," Kruger's husband Michael said.

Officials said Jenkins is also accused of killing Curtis Bradford on Aug. 19 and Juan Pena and Jorge Ruiz on Aug. 11.

A public defender was appointed to defend Jenkins. He is being held without bond, and will appear in court again Oct 1.

Anthony Wells also appeared in court Thursday. Prosecutors said Wells gave a weapon to Jenkins. His bail is set at $1 million.

Investigators have reason to believe Jenkins' sister Erica may also be involved in the case.  Right now she's being held on a felony warrant and two counts of assault.  Her bond is set at $350,000.

For some of the victims' family members, they said everyday gets a little easier.

"Just feel stronger because I need to, I have to," Michael Ryan-Kruger said. "That's my only option."

Gov. Heineman has informed the Douglas County Attorney that he is in full support for the county to seek the death penalty for Jenkins.

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