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Hearing on Omaha murder suspect's mental health

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(AP) A hearing has been scheduled Wednesday to determine whether a man accused of four Omaha slayings is competent to stand trial.   

Nikko Jenkins is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Juan Uribe-Pena, Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Curtis Bradford and Andrea Kruger. Prosecutors say the four were killed in three separate ambushes last summer over a 10-day period. The shooting deaths came within three weeks of Jenkins' release from prison on July 30.
    
Jenkins has pleaded not guilty. In November, he declared he wanted to plead guilty to the charges, but had changed his mind by late January, saying he is mentally ill and should be released from jail.     

A psychiatrist working for prosecutors has said Jenkins is competent. A defense psychiatrist has said he is not.

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