By: Jenn Schanz
The Governor and some lawmakers haven't been shy about their feelings towards Nikko Jenkins, the 27–year–old accused of murdering four people in Omaha within weeks of his July release from prison.
Thursday, we got a chance to hear from Jenkins, too.
In several letters he wrote to Channel 8, Jenkins responds to Ombudsman Marshall Lux's report, which calls out the Department of Corrections, saying they dropped the ball on Jenkins' rehabilitation prior to his release.
Jenkins writes, "I am not guilty of these crimes, I did not and do not wish to sacrifice a human life."
He blames the deaths of four Nebraskans on his mental illness, more specifically, an Egyptian serpent god; the voice in his head.
According to Lux's report, doctors repeatedly suggested Jenkins undergo group therapy before being released, but he was deemed too dangerous, and that didn't happen.
The Department of Corrections said they felt the report was factually inaccurate. Gov.. Heineman disagreed with it too.
"Marshall Lux can try and blame someone else for these murders, but Nikko Jenkins is the person who killed four Nebraskans," he said on Jan. 13th.
Jenkins was evaluated in Lincoln, and is deemed mentally competent to stand trial.
But he writes "Discrimination did not allow the psychiatric treatment of hospitalization I needed to get better, to get grounded in this reality."
Still, lawmakers say there's only one person to blame.
"Nikko Jenkins killed those four individuals. Not the courts, not the Omaha Police Department, not the Department of Correctional Services and not the people of Nebraska," said Gov.. Heineman.