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Husband of Omaha murder victim files lawsuit against the state

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By: Jenn Hatcher
jhatcher@klkntv.com

 The husband of an Omaha woman who authorities say was among four slain by a man recently released from prison has filed a $7.5 million claim against the state of Nebraska.

The claim filed Monday for Michael Kruger says the death of 33-year-old Andrea Kruger could have been prevented. A claim against a governmental entity is a required Nebraska legal step before a lawsuit can follow.

"They (the state) knew that Nikko Jenkins shouldn't be released from prison. He asked for help, it was recognized that he had homicidal tendencies," said Kruger's attorney, Kathleen Neary.

27- year-old Nikko Jenkins pleaded not guilty to killing Kruger and three other people within a month of leaving prison on July 30. He had served more than a decade for robbery, assault and weapons convictions.   

A spokeswoman for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services says prison officials could not comment.
   

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